Serpentine Pavilion by Diébédo Francis Kéré sold to Kuala Lumpur gallery

Diébédo Francis Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion, built in 2017, will relocate to Kuala Lumpur following an extended run in London.

Serpentine Galleries has confirmed that the pavilion was sold to Ilham Gallery, based in the Malaysian capital, which is now seeking a location for the pavilion in Kuala Lumpur’s surrounding territory Klang Valley.

“Thanks to the generous donations by a group of philanthropists, Ilham Gallery now has a prestigious architectural commission in its collection,” gallery director Rahel Joseph told Dezeen. “It was a surprising yet very welcome bit of news to be the new custodian of this exciting work.”

According to Julia Peyton-Jones, former Serpentine Gallery director, it is “a prerequisite for the realisation of the pavilion [to be] acquired following their presentation at the Serpentine. This vital aspect of their funding also determines that they will have a life after their time at the Serpentine.”

2016’s pavilion by Bjarke Ingels was sold to Canadian developer Westbank and relocated to Downtown Vancouver, while the 2015 pavilion by SelgasCano was moved to Los Angeles.

Read more about Kéré’s pavilion design here. 

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