The Serpentine Galleries has announced a new process for the selection of architects for its successful Summer Serpentine Pavilion program.
For the event’s first 16 years, the annual commissions were selected by program founder and former Serpentine Galleries director Julia Peyton-Jones, who left her position earlier this year to pursue independent contemporary art and architecture projects. Replacing her are the Serpentine Galleries new CEO Yana Peel and Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist, who will lead an advisory board featuring architects Richard Rogers and David Adjaye.
Beginning with the 2017 edition, a group of architects will be invited to submit designs for the main pavilion and new summer house series, from which the advisory board will select the winning proposals. The chosen architects are expected to be announced early next year.
The new format comes as part of a newly announced initiative to expand gallery outreach through an expansion of the exhibition slate and a new emphasis on “artists, audiences, technology, partnerships, innovation and accessibility for everyone.”
Also announced was a major exhibition of early works by Zaha Hadid, which was planned in partnership with the architect before her passing last spring. The show will present a bevy of rarely seen paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and digital by Hadid, as well as a selection of never-before-seen sketchbooks.
“Zaha Hadid once said that ‘there should be no end to experimentation’ and this has become a mantra for the Serpentine team,” said Peel and Obrist in a joint press conference.
“It is the reason why we continue to put artists at the core of everything we do, crossing disciplines, innovating and reaching out to new audiences.”
News via Serpentine Galleries.