I used this London trip as an opportunity to do some research on for my constellation essay of gallery architecture.
Gallery 1 – Serpentine Gallery
Elements of classical architecture but mostly modern, domed ceilings reflect classical architecture of the buildings exterior, natural light, marble floor also classical, felt like a showroom, Talk about the pavilions
Gallery 2 – Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Old munitions store, with corridor around the outside to disguise its purpose. Contrast of 19th century architecture with contemporary restaurant pavilion. More of a white cube feel to outer corridor, interior munitions store has exposed walls and wooden beams; much more organic materials. Installations placed in interior, with paintings along the corridor. Exhibition was Helen Martin’s Drunk Brown House which is a response to the architecture of the Sackler Gallery, and seeks to “reconstruct its layout through the use of unexpected materials” (Sackler Gallery) . Martin’s theory is that this carving up of the gallery’s air has more of an effect on altering the dynamic of a space than the reordering of walls. The sculpture extended unbroken through the whole gallery. A painting is contained by its frame and hangs on the wall in isolation, whereas Martin’s sculpture immerses the viewer because it interacts in a more direct way with the gallery space.