The Serpentine Gallery's annual pavilion is always a star-studded event. Every year a leading designer has been invited to invent a temporary structure, including famous architects like Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid. have taken on the challenge, and this year is all about husband and wife duo SelgasCano's playful amoeba-like structure of translucent fabric membranes that feels more like a fluorescent children's playground than serious London design event.
Strangely, whatever goes on inside the pavilion seldom receives as much attention as the building itself. It would be easy to be fooled into thinking that the Serpentine summer Pavilion is little more than a pop-up cafe with bells on. This is a real shame as, because the Serpentine Park Nights programme of performance, dance, film and literature is tremendous.
Serpentine Park Nights 2015 highlights
For Park Nights 2015, Serpentine has invited a cohort of artists to host a series of eight site-specific events. There's a lot to choose from in the programme so it's worth checking out the full listings on their website. But here are our favourites to chose from for those warm summer evenings.
Park Nights prelude with selgascano, Sou Fujimoto & Smiljan Radić (23rd June, 2.30pm)
Budding architects will love this amazing start to the Park Nights series with an intimate talk from designers of the minute, José Selgas and Lucía Cano. The Serpentine Pavilion 2015 masterminds reveal all about their colourful new creation, while previous architects Sou Fujimoto and Smiljan Radić (you might remember the 2014 enormous futuristic stone tablet) offer their experiences, alongside killer curators Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
Radical contemporary art is at the forefront of the Serpentine Pavilion events, and for more daring visitors there are a few artists to be on the watch for. Daring online artist Jesse Darling makes a stir on 11th September with an immersive and ritualistic performance of the Greek tragedy Antigone, while haunting figures of the recently deceased talk about mortality and blasphemy in a new commission by Fleur Melbourn on 31st July. Finally, choreographer Mette Ingvartsen ends the season on 16th October with a quirky performance designed to use dance as a tool to think about the world, artificial nature and catastrophic constructions.
The Serpentine Pavilion is the perfect place to enjoy warm summer evenings in the city and take a masterclass in the best emerging contemporary art around.
|What||Park Nights 2015, Serpentine Galleries|
|Where||Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Hyde Park Corner (underground)|
23 Jun 15 – 16 Oct 15, 2:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£Prices vary, £5 (£4 for concessions) entrance to the pavilion is free|
|Website||Click here for more details|