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Doing Serpentine Summer Season 2022

For most culturally curious Londoners, the opening of the Serpentine Pavilion marks the start of the summer season. Designed by Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, the 2022 edition, named Black Chapel, references ‘many of the architectural typologies that ground the artist’s practice.’ We’re talking the bottle kilns of Stoke-on-Trent, the Roman Tempiettos, and traditional African structures, such as the Musgum mud huts of Cameroon.

Realised with the support of Adjaye Associates, the circular Pavilion is made from wood and features a central oculus, creating a sanctuary for reflection, connection and conviviality. Hanging inside the structure are seven new tar paintings created by Gates especially for Black Chapel that honour his father’s craft as a roofer.

Over the course of the summer, the Pavilion will host a programme of events and live performances centred around ideas of the sacred. We’re looking forward to performances by Corinne Bailey Rae and The Choir of the London Oratory. While you’re there, make sure to swing by Back to Earth, a new exhibition exploring the fragility of our planet. Grab your friends and pack a picnic — it’s time to make the most of London’s long summer nights.

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Dates
10 June 2022 — 16 October 2022
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