What’s On Magazine July 2018 edition features exclusive pictures from The Summer Party 2018 presented by Serpentine Galleries & Chanel. The party was Hosted by Yana Peel, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Michael R. Bloomberg, CHANEL, Christo and Adwoa Aboah. The Summer Party took place on Tuesday 19 June in the grounds of the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Pavilion 2018, which is designed by the award-winning architect Frida Escobedo.
This major annual fundraiser celebrates the Serpentine Summer Season and the year-round support of the Galleries’ friends, partners and collaborators.
Following the success of last year’s collaboration between the Serpentine Galleries and CHANEL, which saw the pioneering art institution and iconic fashion house combine creative forces, the partnership developed for 2018 creating a unique event celebrating free art and free thinking and honouring the best of art and architecture in the heart of the city.
Leading figures from the worlds of international art, architecture, design, fashion, music, film and business attended the party to celebrate and raise funds for the Serpentine’s globally acclaimed exhibitions, architecture, education and live programmes, which are free and open to everyone.
Catering was provided by the prestigious Cellar Society; guests drank Margarita’s and Vodka Martini’s and ate Salmon Poke, Beef Tagliata and Beetroot and Blackberries.
At Coco’s Restaurant, a seated dining experience by CHANEL, guests dined on Courgette Flowers, Rare-Roasted Hereford Beef and Roast Cod.
Award-winning interior designer Joyce Wang created a bespoke ice-cream cart from which gelato, including sesame ice-cream with charcoal cookies, was served throughout the night.
Music provided on the night included DJ sets by Mimi Xu, Horsemeat Disco and Black Madonna with a special live performance from Nile Rogers and CHIC featuring guest appearances from British female singer songwriters NAO and Cosha, performed on a stage created by acclaimed set designer Es Devlin, who has previously worked with both the Serpentine Galleries and CHANEL
Immersive experiences included a new interactive installation by Es Devlin, MICROPHONE / MEGAPHONE, that used words donated in real time by guests; Google Pixel 2’s Pixel Portrait an installation designed by TEM that captured guests’ portraits in unique and shareable compositions derived from the colour palette of Christo’s London Mastaba; and Temporary Graffiti, an intervention by the art group RANDOM INTERNATIONAL that invited guests to paint with nothing but light itself to create their own ephemeral works of art.
The Serpentine’s legendary summer fundraiser raises essential funds for the Galleries’ programmes, keeping access to the Serpentine free and open to all, all year round.
The Summer Party is organised by the Serpentine Galleries with support from CHANEL.