Therme Art Program

2019 Serpentine Pavilion Opening and Announcement of Acquisition by Therme Group™

Therme Group™ Announced the Acquisition of the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion by Architect Junya Ishigami at the Serpentine Pavilion Opening, June 18, 2019

Opening preview of Serpentine Pavilion 2019

Therme Group™ attended the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion opening preview and announced their acquisition of the pavilion, designed by Japanese architect Junya Ishigami. This marks Therme Group’s second consecutive year in partnership with Serpentine Galleries to support its annual architecture commissions program.

“It’s become incredibly important to merge nature and human architecture to overcome the environmental challenges our civilization is currently facing. As a company, we’re actively searching for solutions to challenges in architectural design and city planning through art. It’s not surprising that we’re finding them in the context of Serpentine Galleries’ art and architecture programme. Ishigami’s design for this year’s Pavilion responds to these challenges, approaching solutions through the artistic and conceptual freedom provided by Serpentine Galleries.” — Mikolaj Sekutowicz, Curator of Therme Art Program.

Junya Ishigami at the Serpentine Pavilion Opening, June 18, 2019

For this year’s Pavilion, Junya Ishigami has articulated his ‘free space’ philosophy in which he seeks harmony between man-made structures and those that already exist in nature: “My design for the Pavilion plays with our perspectives of the built environment against the backdrop of a natural landscape, emphasising a natural and organic feel as though it had grown out of the lawn, resembling a hill made out of rocks.”

Ishigami is the nineteenth architect to accept the invitation to design a temporary Pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn in Kensington Gardens. He is celebrated for his experimental structures that interpret traditional architectural conventions and reflect natural phenomena. Ishigami’s design for the Serpentine Pavilion 2019 consists of a complex arrangement of slates, forming a single canopy that appears to emerge straight from the earth on which it stands. This perspective imbues Ishigami’s design with an earthly impression, functioning as direct extension of nature and the earth itself.

2019 Serpentine Pavilion

The acquisition of Ishigami’s pavilion in 2019 and Mexican architect Frida Escobedo’s pavilion in 2018 are part of Therme Group’s ongoing commitment to supporting the art community through its art initiative, Therme Art Program. Therme Art Program works with internationally renowned and emerging artists and architects to commission and develop site-specific artistic projects that challenge the limitations of conventional exhibition spaces and redefine contemporary art viewing.

The Pavilion will remain on view on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn in Kensington Gardens from June 21–October 6, 2019. Therme Group™ has plans to present future exhibitions of Ishigami’s structure in their facilities worldwide.

Robert C. Hanea, Chairman and CEO Therme Group and Junya Ishigami at the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion Opening