Therme Art Program is a proud partner of the Serpentine Galleries and is a key supporter of their Pavilion program, aiding their mission to show that architecture, free of conventional boundaries, can become collectible art and a significant cornerstone in how we approach design and city planning in the future.
In October 2018, Therme Group announced their acquisition of the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion designed by Frida Escobedo, as part of their Therme Art Program initiative. Featuring a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry, Escobedo’s atmospheric courtyard-based structure draws on both the domestic architecture of Mexico and British materials and history.
With the subsequent support of Junya Ishigami’s 2019 Serpentine Pavilion design, Therme Group furthered its commitment to bridging art, architecture, art, and design with the natural world. Ishigami’s Pavilion was emblematic of his ‘free-space’ philosophy, which aims to seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in the environment.
Conceived in 2000, the annual Serpentine Pavilion commission presents the work of an international architect who has consistently extended the boundaries of architectural practice but is yet to build in England at the time of invitation. It has made the Serpentine Galleries an international site for architectural experimentation, growing into a showcase for emerging talent. Each Pavilion is sited on the Serpentine Galleries lawn in Kensington Gardens where it is free and open to the widest public for the summer months.
The Serpentine Galleries is a non-profit art institution that enables the widest audiences to experience free art, architecture, and ideas all year round. Its exhibition, education and live programs bring over 200 emerging and celebrated artists into collaboration each year, on projects that bridge the international worlds of art, science and technology and address some of the most urgent questions today.