Our History

Serpentine displays contemporary art across two sites in Kensington Gardens. Serpentine South and Serpentine North are a short distance apart, on either side of the Serpentine Bridge.

Each site hosts about three exhibitions per year. The exhibitions show art, design, architecture, performance, and community projects.

Every year, a different architect creates a new Pavilion. It functions as a café, meeting place and venue for live events throughout the summer.

At Serpentine, we share a vision of free art for all. We are proud that Serpentine has been a free public art institution since it opened in 1970.

Archive

Discover over 50 years of the Serpentine

From the architectural Pavilion and digital commissions to the ideas Marathons and research-led initiatives, explore our past projects and exhibitions.

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