Serpentine Pavilion: Archipelagic Void by Minsuk Cho

23rd Serpentine Pavilion

The 23rd Serpentine Pavilion, Archipelagic Void is designed by Seoul-based Korean architect Minsuk Cho and his firm Mass Studies.

Launching a season of specially curated activations, the 23rd Serpentine Pavilion will host a new commissioned soundscape, a library, and a series of performances and talks.

Comprised of five ‘islands’, each structure of the Pavilion is unique in size, form, name and purpose, providing a multifaceted platform for Serpentine’s live programme from June to October.

As the main entry to the Pavilion, the Gallery will play host to a six-channel sound installation created by musician and composer Jang Young-Gyu, presenting The Willow is <버들은> in the Summer and Moonlight <월정명> in the Autumn. Taking inspiration from the surrounding environment of the Pavilion, Jang incorporates sounds from nature and human activities recorded in Kensington Gardens with traditional Korean vocal music and instruments. The distinctive tones and melodies trace the changing of seasons. They respond to the constantly transforming landscape and ecology of the Park.

The Library of Unread Books by artist Heman Chong and archivist Renée Staalwill be located in the north of the Pavilion. Conceived as an artwork that functions as a ‘living’ reference library, each book has been donated by its previous owner to form a pool of common knowledge. Visitors are welcome to contribute and submit an unread book in their possession to the growing collection. By making these titles accessible, The Library of Unread Books functions as a collective gesture, addressing notions of access and distribution.

In a nod to the history of the Serpentine building, the Tea House will be located to the east of the Pavilion. Designed by James Grey West, the Serpentine South building opened in 1934 and originally functioned as a teahouse until the early 1960s before reopening as an art gallery in 1970.

Providing a space for outdoor play, the Pavilion also features the Play Tower, a pyramid structure fitted with a bright orange netscape for visitors to climb and interact.

To the west is the Auditorium, the five ‘islands’ largest structure. With benches built into its inner walls, this space will provide an area for public gatherings, performances and talks.

Duration 07 June 2024 - 27 October 2024
Times Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm
Cost Free
Venue Serpentine South Gallery
Address Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA
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