Last night (27 June) saw the art scene’s most glittering event, the Serpentine Summer Party 2023, return to Kensington Gardens. Held annually to mark the opening of the Serpentine Pavilion, which this year has been designed by architect Lina Ghotmeh, the event saw luminaries from the worlds of fashion, music, culture, theatre and, of course, art gather for the gallery’s most important patronage event of the year.
Hosted by Michael R. Bloomberg, alongside Serpentine CEO Bettina Korek and artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist, guests were taken on an artist-led path around the gardens and treated to an exclusive preview of the Pavilion, named À table and drawing inspiration from global traditions of conviviality and unity. The Serpentine also gave guests a sneak peek at its major summer exhibition, Web(s) of Life by Tomás Saraceno, while the gallery brought its current Serpentine North exhibition, Followers, to life with incarnations of Gabriel Massan’s playful, videogame-inspired characters.
Finally, exclusive performances by the Aga Khan Master Musicians, DJ Benji B and Major League DJz kept the party going into the small hours, with dancing fuelled by Casamigos spicy cucumber jalapeño margaritas and ginger mint palomas, as well as customised macarons by Ladurée.
“We’re delighted to see the return of the legendary Serpentine Summer Party,” said Bettina Korek. “It is London’s cultural calendar’s apogee and the most significant patronage event of the season. Centred around artists and Lina Ghotmeh’s elegant Pavilion, this year’s prestigious fundraiser was a unique and exciting opportunity to bring the Serpentine community closer together by making connections between our supporters and artists.”
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