Modern Art Oxford
Founded in 1965, Modern Art Oxford is a visual art gallery devoted to presenting exhibitions of modern and contemporary art. We have a national and international reputation for the quality of our exhibitions and accompanying community and education programme. Funded primarily by Arts Council England, all of our exhibitions and many of our events, activities and workshops are free for visitors.
From landmark solo presentations to pioneering group exhibitions, visiting Modern Art Oxford will keep you up to date with the most exciting developments in international art.You can also relax in our café, purchase unique gifts in the shop, and participate in our vibrant events, programme which includes talks, discussions, contemporary music and film nights.
Tuesday: 10.00 – 17.00
Wednesday: 10.00 – 17.00
Thursday: 10.00 – 22.00, galleries close at 19.00
Friday: 10.00 – 22.00, galleries close at 19.00
Saturday: 10.00 – 22.00, galleries close at 19.00
Sunday: 12.00 – 17.00
Modern Art Oxford is closed on Mondays
Admission to Modern Art Oxford and all exhibitions is free
Hannah Ryggen: Woven Histories
- 11 November 2017 — 18 February 2018 *on now
Hannah Ryggen (b. 1894, Malmö, Sweden – d. 1970, Trondheim, Norway) was one of Scandinavia’s most outstanding artistic figures of the 20th century. In the first major presentation of the artist’s work in the UK, this exhibition surveys her career from an early painted portrait created in 1914, to the intricate tapestries that characterised her extraordinary career from the 1920s onward.
Ryggen’s work demonstrated her impassioned responses to the socio-political events of her time. She dealt with a range of issues from the rise of fascism (Ethiopia, 1935) and the Nazi occupation of Norway, including its impact on her own family (6 October 1942, 1943); to the post-war growth of nuclear power (Mr Atom, 1952) and media coverage of the Vietnam War (Blood in the Grass, 1966).
The artist’s intense relationship to the world around her forms the heart of this exhibition, which celebrates both her vibrant tapestries and the processes involved in creating them.
- Any age
Nicolas Party: Speakers
- 25 November 2017 — 18 February 2018 *on now
For a new commission by Swiss artist Nicolas Party (b. 1980, Lausanne, lives and works in Brussels and New York), the Piper Gallery is taken over by a theatrical cast of female heads representing and acknowledging the achievements of pioneering women in the city of Oxford.
The work is in response to what the artist considers to be the heavily masculine energy of Oxford’s architecture and academic histories.
Considering his exhibition as a public forum, the artist celebrates working collaboratively and embraces the collective spirit of the theatre.
Throughout the exhibition there is a series of public events taking place within the gallery, starting with a performance of Ethel Smyth’s String Quartet in E Minor by the Stanford Quartet during the Preview Party on 24 November. These events recognise and celebrate the wide-ranging history of women’s contributions to academic life and social and research communities.
- Any age
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