More than a million art-lovers visit the Serpentine Galleries each year, and it’s not hard to see why! Located either side of the Serpentine in Kensington Gardens, these beautiful galleries opened in 1970, and have been celebrating and supporting new ideas in contemporary art ever since.
The Serpentine Galleries are places of experimentation, and are some of the most important contemporary art galleries in Britain. Their wide ranging exhibitions have featured work from both emerging practitioners and some of the most renowned artists of our time, including Andy Warhol, Damien Hurst, Man Ray and Henry Moore. Its newest gallery, the Serpentine Sackler gallery, opened in 2013 in an old 19th-century gunpowder store, and boasts a large, incredibly modern gallery space.
Their current exhibition, Emma Kunz – Visionary Drawings (until 19th May), posthumously displays the work of this esteemed Swiss artist, healer and researcher, and includes over 40 rarely seen drawings. Every summer, one of the world’s leading architects is chosen to design a temporary pavilion, which is used for special events and exhibits. 2019’s designer is Japanese architect Junya Ishigami, whose experimental structures blend traditional architectural conventions with natural phenomena. Open from 20th June to 6th October, this year’s summer pavilion is not to be missed.
Whether you pop in for a couple of hours, or make a day of exploring the galleries and the beautiful gardens surrounding them, the Serpentine Galleries are well worth a visit. Why not make your day easier by staying with us at the Mercure Hyde Park? Situated less than a mile away, you can enjoy a gentle stroll through the park on your way to and from the gallery, too.