About the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary ArtThe Serpentine Gallery is located in Kensington Gardens in central London. This elegant building served as a tea house at the beginning of the century. The gallery opened in 1970 and in the early years only received visitors during the summer months.
In 1989 the gallery was renovated by Julia Peyton Jones, who was appointed director of the gallery. After the renovation the gallery was opened year round . The entrance is free, and the 750,000 visitors every year prove it is very popular.
The gallery offers top-notch artists and it also facilitates cultural and artistic events and community projects. The gallery features pieces by artists such as Man Ray, Henry Moore, Andy Warhol, Bridget Riley, Alan McCollum and Damien Hirst. One of the permanent pieces is an exhibit by Ian Hamilton Finlay, dedicated to Princess Diana who was a sponsor of the gallery. The work includes eight benches and a carved stone circle. Near the entrance to the gallery, a memorial site was also erected in the Princess’s memory.
Every summer an architect or artist (one or more) are invited to design a structure with a unique stabilization outside the gallery, the summer pavilion. The pavilion is opened to the public for a few months each year.
The gallery also has a bookstore, with a variety of art books and catalogs of various exhibitions.