Mick Jagger, girlfriend L’Wren Scott, Kate Moss, Rebecca Wang and Daphne Guinness were among the A-List names who turned out for the Hyde Park Serpentine Summer Party, a gala leading up to the Wimbledon fortnight that raises funds for the Serpentine Gallery.
Among other patrons attending the event were writer and critic Bonnie Greer, actress Sarah Jessica Parker and husband and fellow actor Matthew Broderick.
Serpentine Summer Party at Hyde Park, London
The party, held yesterday (June 26th) at Kensington Gardens, is on par with the Chelsea Flower Show and Ascot as one of London’s quintessential outdoor summer society events.
The annual fundraiser supports the Serpentine Gallery and its programs. Gallery Director Julia Peyton-Jones and Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist were co-hosts of this years gala, along with the chairman of party organizing committee Tim Jefferies. Scott, a stylist and fashion designer also held the honor.
Greer, recently elected Chancellor for Kingston University, has also served as deputy chair at the British Museum, as well as on the boards of the Royal Opera House and the London Film School.
Wang is a patron to the Tate Modern, the National Gallery and The Serpentine. She is also a member of both the Academy Circle for BAFTA, and the Director Circle for the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The gallery is one of London’s best-known and loved art venues. Housed in a tea house pavilion in the center of Hyde Park and close to the lake from which it takes its name, the gallery enjoys an international reputation. It attracts up to 800,000 visitors a year.
In addition to its prestigious collection of modern and contemporary art which includes works by Henry Moore, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, Bridget Riley and Damian Hirst, the institution also provides learning through art for people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is a pioneering project that gives internationally renowned architects an opportunity to design a temporary pavilion on the gallery lawn each summer. At the end of the season, the Pavilion is generally auctioned to the highest bidder, thus largely funding its construction.
Previous artists who have taken part in the project since it started in 2000 include Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Gehry, Jean Nouvel, Olafur Eliasson, Ai Weiwei and Zaha Hadid.
Award winning Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, 41, oversaw this year’s design. Fujimoto has created an airy delicate latticed structure that occupies 350 square meters and is composed of 20mm steel poles of lightweight and semi-transparent appearance that allow it to blend, cloud-like, both into the landscape and against the classical backdrop of the gallery.
Fukimoto’s design is considered an apt representation of one of the themes for this year’s programs: the generation of artists born after 1989, and raised in the digital age. With a cafe sited inside, the pavilion is a flexible and multipurpose social space, playing host to film screenings, talks and broadcasts.