The Serpentine has opened its first Serpentine Pavilion outside of the UK at the WF Central development in Beijing and will be in place from 30 May until 31 October 2018.
Designed by Jiakun Architects, this major new international collaboration incorporates the historic and social context of Beijing into the 18-year history of the annual Serpentine Pavillion commission. Architect Liu Jiakun has attempted to address contemporary architectural issues and shed light on the reciprocal relation between Chinese public life and urban cultural space. It's inspired by Confucianism, characterised by the figure of the Archer.
It also provides the architectural backdrop to the Serpentine Pavilion Beijing programme. At the core of this programme will be a wide range of art, cultural and lifestyle activities programmed within and around the structure. Activities include five monthly Pavilion Weekends featuring two themed thought-leadership talks, ‘Inspiration Talks’ and ‘The Future of’ series, and a wide range of community activities, including well-being workshops, lawn parties, children’s disco classes, performances and curated outdoor art-cinema evenings. The Inspiration Talks series brings together celebrated architects and artists with thought-leaders across a wide spectrum of industries, invited to debate topics including the role of art and culture in innovation, society and urban renewal.
The Serpentine has also taken Arthur Jafa's acclaimed exhibition to Berlin, Germany and will be on display until 25 November.