Located in the Kensington Garden, Hyde Park area of central London is the Serpentine Gallery and its many exhibits that focus primarily on contemporary and modern art. It was established in 1970 and averages about 3/4 of a million visitors every year who visit the gallery for its architecture, education, exhibits, and its numerous public programs. Of particular interest are the many unique displays that will be going on during the second half of June which include the following…
To the Light – Yoko Ono (June 19th to September 9th)
Long known as a pioneering artist as well as a film-maker, musician, peace activist, performance artist, poet and writer – Yoko Ono’s prolific career has spanned over 50 years. She has created some unique types of artistic expression, defying conventional boundaries while embracing a broad range of media channels. Her “To the Light” exhibit which will be opening on June 19th is one of major attractions and the first London public show in over a decade.
Pavilion 2012 (June 1st to October 14th)
Designed by Ai Weiwei and Herzog and de Meuron, this architectural exhibit will be a part of the 2012 London Festival at the end of the Cultural Olympics which coincides with the Summer Olympic Games taking place in the city. The designer team was the one that was responsible for the National Stadium constructed for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The RIBA Lubetkin Prize was awarded to them for designing the structure. They are once again teaming up for this special development at the Serpentine.
Park Nights (Friday, June 22nd)
The event is highlighted by the 2012 Alison Klayman film “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” which is a documentary film about the renowned artist. Weiwei was shot to death while Klayman was doing journalism work in China. The film is about the artist’s exploration of the more contemporary environment of the country and takes an unprecedented view at one of China’s most interesting public figures. Weiwei was awarded the “Special Jury Prize for Spirit of Defiance” during this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
At the Center of Learning – Veracity of Memory (Saturday, June 16th)
The discussion focuses on field recording fidelity, the value of a person’s testimony, and the veracity of memory. Recognized crew members of the production include Guy Mannes-Abbott (writer), Mark Peter Wright (sound artist), and Lawrence Abu Hamdan (artist). The program was developed during a 3½ month seminar and was based on collaborative research conducted at the Center for Possible Studies.
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