Summer means another Serpentine Pavillion & this year doesn’t disappoint! This weekend you must get to see the iconic annual structure & tonight’s Park Night performance at 8pm by Shen Xin which promises to delve into the emotional states that are caused by socio-political structures. Instead of usually hitting the pub, head along to tonight’s event and be inspired by something you least expected!
This year the structure has been created by Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Gando, Burkina Faso. It is wholly representative of his style: a delicate structure with a roof that mimics a tree’s natural canopy. The heart of the idea simply encourages a reconnect with nature.
Kensington has come alive thanks to the intricate diagonal triangular structure that makes up the Pavillion. The striking blue colour bounces out at you from far away but once closer, likens to lego bricks that could resemble lightweight suspended polystyrene. PENSON are of the opinion that this just adds to the effect that the Pavillion is in a state of flux, representing the world moving around it and the changing lives of the people visiting.
Whilst there has been a summer of events to accompany the Pavillion, the Park Nights have been the one to really get our designer brains ticking. We recommend heading to see tonight’s film exhibition by Shen Xin: half sung, half unspoken. At £5 it promises to be thought-provoking & interpretive look at the human form. Her film, Provocation of the Nightingale #1, involves a personal dialogue between a Buddhist teacher who is an immigrant in Korea, and her student who manages a commercial DNA company. The screening, followed by a performance, confronts how criticism can unfold through emotional states that are informed by socio-political structures. We just love that the Pavillion has given the perfect platform to this kind of experimental work.
It’s also worth noting that the Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! at the Serpentine Gallery will be open until 8pm on evenings when Park Nights are taking place in the Pavilion. So you can see more than usual tonight.
All the info can be found here.
Open: 10am – 6pm, apart from Park Nights, when it is open until 8pm.
Address: Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA