The Serpentine Gallery is located in London City at Hyde Park, and the majority of work and exhibitions are focused on modern and contemporary art.
I am particularly interested in showing you today the temporary exhibitions that started in the year 2000 and take place every summer, inviting international worldwide architects to design a pavilion on the gallery's lawn.
Just for you to be aware of the "big names" that left their mark in this important gallery pavilions:
2000 - Zaha Hadid
2001 - Daniel Libeskind
2002 - Tokyo Ito
2003 - Oscar Neimeyer
2005 - Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto Moura
2006 - Rem Koolhas, Cecil Balmond and Arup
2007 - Olafur Eliasson, Cecil Balmond and Kjetil Thorsen
2008 - Frank Gehry
2009 - SANNA
2010 - Jean Nouvel
2011 - Peter Zumthor
Currently at the summer of 2012 the architects that were invited are Herzog & de Meuron and the artists of Ai Weiwei, the team behind the design of Beijing's famous Bird's Nest Stadium. The connection with Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and 2012 London Olympic Games is present here.
The theme of this year pavilion is an archaeologic dig and exploration of the past 11 pavilions. The renewable cork (proud to say that Portugal is the number one producer of cork in the world and the company responsible for the material applied on this project is portuguese and are called Amorim) clad the floor and walls, and the 12 columns are representative of the previous pavilions, including the present one. This columns will support a floating platform roof 1.4 meters above ground and will collect rainwater that will transform it in a mirror that reflects the sky. On special occasions that water can be drained to permit events.
As posted before i've been to London in March this year with my girlfriend. We visited Hyde Park and the Serpentine Gallery, unfortunately we didn't knew this pavilions only is assembled in summer, therefore we only saw the permanent exposition.
Enjoy it. Over and Out!