Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Kensington Gardens, London W2 3XA

The Serpentine Gallery Pavillion was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. The Serpentine Gallery itself is one of London’s best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art. Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s design inspires visitors to look beneath the surface of the park as well as back in time across the ghosts of earlier structures.

Listening Suggestion

Begin inside, below ground. Emerge from any side when you hear clarinet and small bells.

Then observe the water-covered surface.

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Programme Notes

What’s in the lake is a 3-minute tone poem. Above and below a small lake on a calm day. Tranquil, fluid, meditative. Occasional pockets of energy – an alighting insect, a fish eating it, a bubble of air from a mysterious source. Suddenly, but inevitably, figures burst out of the lake; people who were here before, surrounded by the beautiful pavilions where they used to meet. The surface of the water remains calm.

Performance Credits

Members of the London Sinfonietta Academy

Composer: Judith Weir

Producer: Lyndon Jones

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