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Viewing Minsuk Cho’s imaginative Serpentine Pavilion of five timber islands

Minsuk Cho noticed something when looking at the past 22 pavilions put up at the Serpentine – they tend to be realized as a single central structure on the Serpentine South lawn. Cho decided to do it differently: the centre becomes a void, riffing on the Korean madang, or central courtyard space. Around this open space, Cho has constructed five unique timber ‘islands’ each conceived as a ‘content machine’ housing collaborations with other artists, researchers and creatives.

One structure titled the ‘Gallery’ is home to a six-channel sound installation, by musician and composer Jang Young-Gyu, while the largest structure, the ‘Auditorium’, is an area for public gathering, performances and talks, with built-in benches; there’s also a ‘Play Tower’s for antics on brightly coloured nets, and a tea house – a nod to the Serpentine South’s previous life as a tea house before it became an art gallery in 1970. Our personal favourite, though, is the ‘Library of Unread Books’, an installation by artist Heman Chong and archivist Renée Staal. This ‘living’ reference library consists of donated unread books to form a pool of common knowledge.

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07 June 2024 — 27 October 2024
The Wick - Grayson Perry, Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close, Arts Council Collection & British Council Collection, © Grayson Perry courtesy of the artist and the Victoria Miro gallery
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Viewing Grayson Perry’s monumental tapestries at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery

The Wick - One Man and His Dog by Curtis Holder, coloured pencil and acrylic gouache on paper, 120 x 120 cm, 2022
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Viewing Tender pencil portraits of Black men by Curtis Holder capture intimate moments 

The Wick - Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin, 2024 © YAYOI KUSAMA Courtesy Ota Fine Arts, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner Photo: George Darrell
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Viewing The tallest Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin in Kensington Gardens

The Wick - Courtesy of the Artist and Tiwani Contemporary
Photography by Deniz Guzel
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Viewing We Are Briefly Gorgeous by Joy Labinjo at Southwark Park Galleries

The Wick - Courtesy of Gillian Jason Gallery and the Artist
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Viewing Christabel Blackburn: Another Day of Sun at Gillian Jason Gallery

The Wick - Courtesy of The Design Museum
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Viewing Sixty-five years of Barbie’s life in plastic at the Design Museum