Contemporary art

Room for Bloomberg in Serpentine space

Serpentine Sackler Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects © Zaha Hadid Architects

The Art Newspaper understands that the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, will have a room named after him at the Serpentine Gallery’s new annexe, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, which is scheduled to open this June in London’s Kensington Gardens. The Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid has overseen the redevelopment of the 208-year-old Grade II-listed building, a former gunpowder depot, which will provide 900 sq. m of gallery and events space. “Bloomberg made a transformative founding gift to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery,” says a spokeswoman for the gallery, who declined to reveal how much the mayor donated. Bloomberg, who also declined to comment, served as a trustee of the Serpentine from 1998 until 2001. The new gallery is named after the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation.

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