Adrian Lourie

The New Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Surprises With a Cafe at Its Center

In the same month that Carsten Holler has transformed London’s South Bank into the cultural equivalent of a theme park (giant slides are the centerpiece of his Hayward Gallery show, “Decision”) comes on of the most playful and unpretentious Serpentine Gallery Pavillions in its 15-year history.

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Somebody asked me recently about our celebrity lifestyle. Did they think we were going to Eden Rock and drive around in an Aston Martin? We did not even have a Lexus and we lived in a shithole. Frances was conceived in the black room [of the Blakes hotel in London] with the mother-of-pearl inlay. Before that, I did not know anything fabulous. We lived a grubby life.

Courtney on her life with Kurt.


This Wednesday night Kensington’s annual Sculpture Derby comes to the East Terrace. Learn about kinetic sculptures, make your own costume, and meet the creators behind the masterpieces that have an entire neighborhood dressing up.

Kinetic Sculpture Derby (Photo courtesy of the North Kensington Community Development Corporation)