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Serpentine Gallery Opens Pavilion (Without Ai Weiwei)
Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012 |

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, was presented to the press today before it will officially open to the public tomorrow, June 1.

Since Chinese officials had put Ai Weiwei on 'city arrest' in his hometown Beijing, he was not able to attend the ceremony together with his design collaborators Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Weiwei was however allowed to send a recorded statement: “As an artist, I’m always very interested in putting art, design, architecture and social change together ... to give new possibilities.”

For a detailed conceptual description by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, check out this previous Bustler post.

Here are some first photos of the pavilion, the twelfth commission in the gallery’s annual series.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei © Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (Image © 2012 Iwan Baan)

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei © Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (Image © 2012 Iwan Baan)

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei © Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (Image © 2012 Iwan Baan)

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei © Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (Image © 2012 Iwan Baan)

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei © Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (Image © 2012 Iwan Baan)

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei © Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (Image © 2012 Iwan Baan)

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei © Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (Image © 2012 Iwan Baan)

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei © Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (Image © 2012 Iwan Baan)

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei © Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (Image © 2012 Iwan Baan)

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei © Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei (Image © 2012 Iwan Baan)

Concept Rendering: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

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Concept Rendering: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Concept Rendering: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

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Concept Rendering: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Concept Rendering: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

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Concept Rendering: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Concept Rendering: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

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Concept Rendering: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Concept Drawing: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

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Concept Drawing: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Concept Drawing: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

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Concept Drawing: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron & Ai Weiwei © 2012, by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei


Comments:
Matthew
Sunday, June 03, 2012
Truly beautiful !

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