The Serpentine Pavilions

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serpentine gallery pavilion 2012, Astrup Fearnley Museet
Julia Peyton-Jones comes to Astrup Fearnley Museet to talk about the Serpentine Pavilions in Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, London.

Julia Peyton-Jones became Director of the Serpentine Gallery in 1991,where she is responsible for commissioning and showcasing the groundbreaking Exhibition, Education and Public Programmes as well as the annual architecture commission, the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Under the patronage of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Serpentine completed a £4 million renovation in 1998. Since then visitor numbers have increased to between 800,000 and 1.2 million in any one year. In 2010, the Serpentine won the License for an additional Gallery in Kensington Gardens, The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid. Julia is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art (RCA), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and is an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission is an ongoing programme of temporary structures by internationally acclaimed architects and designers. The series is unique worldwide and presents the work of an international architect or design team who has not completed a building in England at the time of the Gallery’s invitation.

The Pavilion commission, conceived in 2000 by Gallery Director Julia Peyton-Jones, has become an international site for architectural experimentation and follows a decade of Pavilions by some of the world’s greatest architects. Each pavilion is sited on the Gallery’s lawn for three months and the immediacy of the commission – a maximum of six months from invitation to completion – provides a unique model worldwide.

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