It's that time of the year again: a new Serpentine Pavilion can be found in front of the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. The Serpentine Gallery is also hosting an exhibition by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, which includes a temporary sculpture in Hyde Park: The London Mastaba. Looks like a promising summer at the Serpentine!
The London Mastaba, which consists of 7,506 horizontally stacked barrels on a floating platform in the Serpentine Lake, will be on view until 23 September 2018 and is the first major outdoor public work by Christo in the UK. It coincides with an exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries of Christo and his late wife Jeanne–Claude’s work, which continues until 9 September 2018.
The Serpentine Galleries presents Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba 1958-2018, the first major public exhibition by the artists in the UK since 1979. Through 3 sculptures, drawings, collages, photographs and models, it traces the artists’ sixty-year history of using barrels and provides a historic context to The London Mastaba situated close by. The exhibition offers new perspectives on the artists’ career by exploring the origins of their earliest wrapped works and temporary sculptures, alongside proposals for barrel projects at sites such as the Suez Canal (1967) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1968).
This year's pavilion is designed by Frida Escobedo, a Mexican architect celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space. Harnessing a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry, her atmospheric courtyard design draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history, specifically the Prime Meridian line at London's Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
Frida Escobeda is the 18th and youngest architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery lawn in Kensington Gardens.
All exhibitions (+ the Mastaba and the Serpentine Pavilion) are free to the public – no tickets or reservations are required.
19 Jun to 9 Sep
CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE: BARRELS AND THE MASTABA 1958–2018
18 Jun to 23 Sep
CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE: THE LONDON MASTABA
15 Jun to 7 Oct
SERPENTINE PAVILION 2018 DESIGNED BY FRIDA ESCOBEDO