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Hervé Télémaque: A Hopscotch of the Mind

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Hervé Télémaque: A Hopscotch of the Mind, 7 October - 30 January 2022

About this event

Since the late 1950s, Hervé Télémaque has created an expansive body of work with a unique and playful visual vocabulary, featuring abstract gestures, cartoon-like imagery, and mixed media compositions. Through paintings, drawings, collages, objects and assemblages, Télémaque creates striking combinations of historical and literary references with those of consumer and popular culture. Through striking collisions of image, text and material, Télémaque’s compositions consistently draw unique connections between the movements of his internal thoughts and everyday experiences. This exhibition is Télémaque’s first institutional show in the UK. It brings together works made from the late 1950s until the present day, highlighting the enduring themes of the artist’s work through his multi-faceted practice.

Timed tickets are required to enter our galleries. Always book your free tickets in advance here.

Please note booking this ticket will only grant you entry to this exhibition. If you would also like to visit James Barnor - London/Accra, you must book a separate timed ticket here.

As a charity, we need your help to continue our work more than ever. Please donate today to help protect the future of the Serpentine Galleries.

Please read this before visiting:


• Always book a FREE timed slot in advance

• Please arrive on time with your mobile ticket. We are unable accommodate visitors who arrive more than 15 minutes late

• Please follow all the safety instructions onsite

• Observe physical distancing and act on any guidance our staff give you

• Wear a face covering, unless you are exempt

• Use the hand sanitiser provided and wash your hands regularly

• If you are not feeling well, help keep everyone safe by staying at home

• Please download the digital exhibition guide on the Serpentine/Bloomberg Connects app here ahead of your visit, and bring your own headphones and smartphone

• Visit our facilities page for up to date access information here

• Importantly, if you are ill or fall into one of the vulnerable groups, then you must postpone your visit

• For more information on advanced free ticketing, please contact


• Carefully managed visitor numbers

• No access to public toilets. There are toilets available in the park opposite the Serpentine South Gallery. Please speak to our team for directions

• Hand sanitiser dispensers throughout the gallery

• No cloakroom. Avoid bringing bulky coats or large holdalls or wheelie bags. Only one, reasonably-sized, personal bag per visitor will be permitted

Wet weather

Please note that the capacity restrictions mean that you will be waiting outside before the time of entry, and we are unable to provide shelter from the weather! If you bring an umbrella, you will not be able to take it through the exhibition, but there will be a space for you to leave it and collect it when you exit. There are no cloakroom facilities at Serpentine.

Support Serpentine

As a charity, we need your help to continue our work more than ever. Please donate through our website or when you visit to help keep our programmes free and open to all.

NHS Test and Trace

We have a responsibility to share your contact details with the NHS Test and Trace service, if required, as a result of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 having listed the galleries as a place they recently visited, or because the galleries have been identified as the location of a local outbreak of COVID-19. NHS Test and Trace provides assurance that it will only ever use the data for this specific public health purpose, and that it will handle the data in line with the highest ethical and security standards.

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Championing new ideas in contemporary art since 1970, the Serpentine has presented pioneering exhibitions for half a century from a wide range of emerging practitioners to the most internationally recognised artists of our time.

Across two sites only 5 minutes apart, in London’s Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Galleries present a year-round, free programme of exhibitions, education, live events and technological innovation, in the park and beyond.

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