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Advancing the Arts Around the World

Bloomberg Philanthropies believes in the unique power of art to transform how we experience the world around us — whether it’s in a museum, on the street, or in the workplace.

Serpentine Galleries

Since 2014, Mike Bloomberg has served as the chairman of the Serpentine Galleries in London. Located in historic Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine is consistently among the city’s most popular cultural institutions, with more than a million visitors a year. The Serpentine champions new ideas and hosts rotating exhibits that highlight the work of some of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, architects, and designers.

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The Magazine, part of Serpentine Galleries in London’s Hyde Park.

London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE

Bloomberg L.P.’s award-winning European headquarters in London is located on one of the U.K.’s most significant archaeological sites and includes an ancient temple dedicated to the Roman god Mithras. As the steward of the site and its artifacts, Bloomberg created the London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE to offer the public a new way to experience this historic landmark. In addition, Bloomberg’s European headquarters includes exciting new artworks inside and outside of the building, reflecting a belief that art fuels collaboration and innovation in the workplace.

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London Mithraeum at Bloomberg SPACE returns the Roman Temple of Mithras to the location of its discovery in the heart of the City at Bloomberg London.
London Mithraeum at Bloomberg SPACE returns the Roman Temple of Mithras to the location of its discovery in the heart of the City at Bloomberg London.

International Biennales

Bloomberg Philanthropies has a longstanding history of support for international Biennales, including involvement in the Liverpool, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and Venice Biennales. By using innovative partnerships and bold approaches, art is placed at the center of economic growth and empowers artists and cultural organizations.

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Martin Puryear’s Swallowed Sun at the 58th Venice Biennale. Photo Credit: Joshua White

Ice Watch

To use art to draw attention to the climate crisis, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported a project called Ice Watch – a temporary public art installation created by artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing, which opened in two locations in London in December 2018. Eliasson and Rosing harvested blocks of ice from Greenland that had been melting into the ocean. These blocks were arranged in two circles, one outside of Bloomberg L.P.’s European headquarters and one outside of Tate Modern, where viewers saw the effects of climate change firsthand as the ice melted away.

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A public art installation, "Ice Watch," by artist Olafur Eliasson, sits in front of London's Tate Modern as a reminder of the urgency of taking action on climate change.
A public art installation, “Ice Watch,” by artist Olafur Eliasson, sits in front of London’s Tate Modern as a reminder of the urgency of taking action on climate change.

London Mastaba

In the summer of 2018, with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Serpentine Galleries hosted the exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba 1958-2018, featuring sketches, collages, large-scale models, photographs and sculptures that spanned six decades. The exhibition accompanied artist Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s first temporary outdoor sculpture in the UK The London Mastaba, which transformed London’s Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake. The floating work consisted of 7,506 stacked barrels on a platform and weighed approximately 600 tons.

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Public Art Enhancing Cities: The London Mastaba by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

 

Top photo: Christo’s temporary sculpture in Hyde Park, London, “The London Mastaba,” located in Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park during summer of 2018.