Lots going on at the Serpentine, including a new CEO Yana Peel who has replaced Julia Peyton-Jones to work with artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist. This week they announced a series of upcoming exhibitions including one showing Zaha Hadid’s notebooks and another showing Grayson Perry’s work.
Currently though you are in for a treat, with a really exciting exhibition by Helen Marten in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery (pic right). Marten, who studied at The Ruskin School, University of Oxford and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, is just 31 and has just been nominated for a Turner Prize and the forthcoming Hepworth Sculpture Prize. Her work takes you on a journey around the gallery, and there are common markers, musical notes and footprints and messages to guide you. The exhibition’s title, Drunk Brown House, indicates that her art, created for the building, will guide you into different zones. Everything is made by Marten, she has created life like lemons, eggs in nests, using all sorts of craftwork and craftspeople and she says there is a lot of technology involved. As you walk into the Serpentine Sackler maybe the most stunning piece is hanging on the wall facing you, a sort of 3-D map of the exhibition. “I found this space incredibly difficult, with it’s marginal corridor and two containing rooms,” says Marten, who has articulated this by using a hand holding a knife, which throws a line of white metal skidding around the walls to guide you round. She says the line means there is: “No hierarchy to the beginning and the end of the show.” If you listen to Marten talk, she uses incredibly rare and beautiful words as if they were everyday. The title of the show itself is linguistically important, and you could interpret it as “On the piss and also incredibly banal,” she says. “It’s a way of clarifying everyday things.” Really a must-see and this Saturday, 1st October, exhibition curator Amira Gad will give a talk about Helen Marten’s exhibition at 3pm at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. If you can it will be well worth going to, there is so much going on in Marten’s work.
Up the hill at the Serpentine Gallery is an exhibition of work, An Autumn Lexicon, by Marc Camille Chaimowicz (pic top). He has influenced a whole host of young artists by exploring the space between public and private, design and art. This also is a great show. Lucky you.
Serpentine Galleries, 29th September – 20th November, Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm.
Also, leading figures from the worlds of art, literature, science and business will come together at the Serpentine next week to explore the sacred, ritual, repetition and magical thinking in the Miracle Marathon on Sunday, 9th October, 12pm – midnight. Participants include artists Christo, Adrián Villar Rojas and Tomás Saraceno; writers Marie NDiaye, Edna O’Brien, Ben Okri, Andrew O’Hagan and Adam Thirlwell; thinkers and theorists Timothy Morton, Jacqueline Rose and Eyal Weizman; architect Mark Cousins; mathematician Marcus du Sautoy; poets Bhanu Kapil and Ruth Padel; film-maker and theorist Manthia Diawara; cultural theorist Norman M. Klein; physicist Carlo Rovelli and scientist Riccardo Sabatini. There will also be performances and presentations from Sophia Al-Maria, Es Devlin, Gilbert & George and Genesis P-Orridge among many others. serpentinegalleries