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Each year, a different architect is commissioned to produce the temporary structure in Kensington Gardens. Nouvel has designed more than 200 buildings across the world, but as the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion brief requires, this will be his first in the UK.
The Pavilion will host French artist Christian Boltanski’s Heartbeat installation, where visitors are asked to make a recording of their heartbeat, to be added to an archive and stored on the uninhabited island of Ejima, Japan.
There’s also a Park Nights programme of public events and talks, and The Marathon of Maps for the 21 Century, where artists, writers, thinkers and scientists will present maps expressing their experience of the world.
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion is open from 5 July to 20 October 2010. Entry to exhibitions is free, but there’s a charge for some special events.