Ai Weiwei to create 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Londres, 8 February 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The privilege of designing the 12th temporary pavilion for the Serpentine gallery in London has gone to the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. He is to collaborate with Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron on the project. The three artists worked together in 2008 on the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing. They have already revealed several details about the design of the pavilion: it will be no more than 1.5 m (5ft) in height and twelve columns, symbolising the eleven previous pavilions and this year’s edition too, will support a dish shaped roof, which will collect rain water. The trio promise that the pavilion will be “the perfect place to sit, stand, lie down or just look and be amazed”. The Serpentine is situated in Kensington Gardens, and is dedicated to Modern and Contemporary art. Its public projects, exhibitions and architectural shows attract around 750,000 visitors a year. The gallery has attracted some of the biggest names in Modern and Contemporary art including Man Ray, Henry Moore, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons. Since the year 2000, the gallery has commissioned the creation of a temporary pavilion every summer, which have been designed by the great architects of the century: Zaha Hadid, Toyo Ito, SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates) and Jean Nouvel. The 2010 pavilion was created by Swiss architect Peter...

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