The Serpentine Gallery re-opens on 28 February, following a major renovation by John Miller + Partners. The scheme maintains the character of the Grade II-listed building, but improves visitor facilities with a new entrance, enlarged bookshop, and a state-of-the-art education studio. New access for the disabled, improved security systems, airconditioning, increased office space, workshop and storage facilities have also been provided. A landscaping scheme devised in collaboration with the Royal Parks integrates the gallery's gardens with the surrounding park. The project was awarded a £3 million lottery grant by the Arts Council of England following a fundraising campaign which raised £1 million.
The inaugural exhibition presents the work of Piero Manzoni, a leading figure of the Italian avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s.