Sanaa Selected to Design This Year’s Serpentine Gallery

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By Steve Delahoyde Comment

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Following Frank Gehry‘s “Acropolis of Athens after an earthquake” for last year’s Serpentine Gallery, the Guardian‘s Jonathan Glancey has gotten the scoop that the Japanese firm Sanaa has been awarded this year’s main pavilion at the big event that happens in London each summer. Sanaa (also known as the team of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa) was also responsible for New York’s much praised New Museum of Contemporary Art and whose work Glancey describes as “remarkably calm and quieting,” so you have to figure that the Serpentine organizers were likely interested in going that route during these troubling times (probably not very wise to get overly showy when times are tough). Glancey provides some great background on the firm (also read this interview), but few details on their plans for the pavilion itself. But if years prior are any judge, they’re usually released around mid- to late-March, so keep your eyes peeled and we’ll be sure to let you know when we get the first peek at what Sanaa’s cooked up.

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