Frieze Art Fair Week 2012

Frieze Art Fair Week 2012


Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. © Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei. Image © 2012 Iwan Baan.

October 2, 2012

Frieze Art Fair Week 2012

Memory Marathon
12–14 October 2012 

Thomas Schütte
Until 18 November 2012

Final Week: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei

Until 14 October 2012

Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA
Nearest Tube: South Kensington or Lancaster Gate
Hours: Daily, 10–6pm. Admission free.

Memory Marathon
Friday 12 October 6pm–11pm
Saturday 13 October 12pm–10pm
Sunday 14 October 11am–9pm

Over three days during Frieze Art Fair Week, the Serpentine Gallery presents the Memory Marathon, the seventh in the acclaimed Serpentine Gallery Marathon series. The Memory Marathon will feature presentations from leading artists, writers, film-makers, scientists, architects, musicians and theorists in a continuous, performative programme. The Memory Marathon will also mark the closing weekend of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei, which takes its inspiration from the work of archaeological excavation, as a material unearthing of memory. The three-day festival will investigate the problem of memory; personal and collective histories; war, trauma and forgetting; the failure of witnessing; deception and self-deception; embodied memory; digital storage and the effect electronic preservation has on remembering.

The Memory Marathon begins on Friday 12 October with Tarek Atoui’s La Suite, a five-hour presentation of Tarab and classical Arab music, in which the artist will perform with fourteen internationally-renowned musicians. La Suite is commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation and will take place at the Serpentine Gallery.

The Memory Marathon is dedicated to Eric Hobsbawm.

Excerpts from the Memory Marathon will be broadcast live on The Space,

Memory Marathon participants include: Etel Adnan, Ida Applebroog, Siah Armajani, Ed Atkins, Tarek Atoui, Lutz Bacher, John Berger, Dara Birnbaum, Tim Bliss, Geta Bratescu, Gavin Bryars, Daniel Buren, Evan Calder Williams, Olivier Castel, Mariana Castillo Deball, Ed Cooke, Dennis Cooper, Winnie Cott, Douglas Coupland, Michael Craig-Martin, Alison Crawshaw, Adam Curtis, Pierre de Meuron, Brian Dillon, Marcus du Sautoy, Brian Eno, Joshua Foer, Alberto Garutti, Gilbert & George, Liam Gillick, John Giorno, Amos Gitai, David Goldblatt, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Jefferson Hack, Alice Herz-Sommer filmed by Ron Arad, Jacques Herzog, Richard Hollis, John Hull, Ragnar Kjartansson, Isabel Lewis, David Lynch, Fumihiko Maki, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, China Miéville, Jeremy Millar, Adrian Piper, Alice Rawsthorn, James Richards, Israel Rosenfield, Jacques Roubaud, Dimitar Sasselov, Donald Sassoon, Ella Shohat, Cally Spooner, Luc Steels, Michael Stipe, Jan Szymczuk, Jean-Yves Tadié, Timothy Taylor, Sissel Tolaas, Gisèle Vienne, Marina Warner, Ai Weiwei, Eyal Weizman, Richard Wentworth, Jay Winter and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Performers of Tarek Atoui’s La Suite: Uriel Barthélémi, John Butcher, Mira Calix, Susie Ibarra, Hassan Khan, KK Null (Kazuyuki Kishino), Lukas Ligeti, Robert Lowe, Ikue Mori, Sara Parkins, Zeena Parkins, Ghassan Sahhab, Sam Shalabi.

The Serpentine Gallery Marathon series was conceived by Co-Director Hans Ulrich Obrist in 2006 and is deeply intertwined with the annual Serpentine Gallery Pavilion commission, launched by Director Julia Peyton-Jones in 2000.

Serpentine Gallery Memory Marathon is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects; Nicola Lees, Senior Curator, Public Programmes; with Antonia Blocker, Lucia Pietroiusti and Stella Bottai.

Tickets available from the Serpentine Gallery Lobby Desk on +44 (0)20 7402 6075 or

With the generous support of The Memory Circle: Richard and Susan Hayden.
Supported by The Annenberg Foundation; DLD; The Kensington Hotel and those who wish to remain anonymous. Media Partners: The Independent and AnOther.

Thomas Schütte
Until 18 November

Artist Thomas Schütte showcases key sculptural, photographic and painted portraits. Although the artist has returned to portraiture throughout his career, this is the first exhibition dedicated entirely to these pioneering works. Key pieces from the artist’s most famous series are presented together with new work made especially for the Serpentine.

Final Week:
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012
Designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei
Until 14 October

The twelfth in the Gallery’s annual commission series, this year’s Pavilion takes visitors beneath the Serpentine’s lawn to explore the hidden history of its previous Pavilions. Taking an archaeological approach, the architects have created a design that inspires visitors to look beneath the surface of the Park. It is Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei’s first collaborative built structure in the UK.

The Serpentine Gallery would like to thank the individuals, trusts, foundations and companies whose generosity and foresight enable the Gallery to realise its acclaimed Exhibition, Architecture, Design, Education and Public Programmes. 




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