Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London
The Serpentine Gallery in London has certainly expanded its programming beyond the confines of their current exhibition space; their annual Architecture program, is the subject of this week’s Elsewhere article. But they are also set to open the doors a new space on September 28, 2013. The Serpentine Sackler, named after Dr Mortimer and Dame Theresa Sackler who made the expansion possible, is located just a 5 minute walk from their original gallery in idyllic Kensington Gardens and it adds 900 square metres of much-needed additional gallery, restaurant and social space to the Serpentine’s current operations. Taking over The Magazine, a historic gunpower store, the Sackler has been completely renovated by architect Zaha Hadid, her first permanent structure in London, and she has offered “a light and transparent extension [that] complements rather than competes with the neo-classical architecture of the original building.” The inaugural exhibition is the first in the UK by emerging Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas, who is gaining international attention for his monumental sculptures. It’s exciting to think the Serpentine will now be programming two spaces; the Sackler is definitely on my must visit list on my next trip to London.
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