Modern Art Oxford

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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.

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Opening hours

Monday: Closed
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 charges

Admission to Modern Art Oxford and all exhibitions is free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Kiki Kogelnik: Fly Me to the Moon

  • 22 August — 18 October 2015 *on now

Modern Art Oxford presents the first solo exhibition in the UK of acclaimed Austrian artist Kiki Kogelnik (1935-1997).

Working in New York in the 1960s, Kogelnik was a well-known artist and contemporary of figures such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Despite her early popularity, Kogelnik’s work was often overlooked by institutions and slowly written out of the history of post-war Western art.

Fly Me To The Moon surveys the diverse practice of this remarkable artist, focusing in particular on the works produced by Kogelnik during her time in New York in the 1960s and 1970s.

The exhibition includes a number of paintings, sculptures and drawings which reflect the tumult of the Cold War era, when the Space Race was at its height and fears of nuclear annihilation were growing.

Throughout her career, Kogelnik employed an exuberant palette, which belied its often apocalyptic subjects
from macabre skulls and severed limbs to disembowelled figures. These deathly bodies, rendered disposable in an increasingly mechanised world, sound a note of caution in an era continually transformed by new technologies.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Josh Kline: Freedom

  • 22 August — 18 October 2015 *on now

A dystopian environment is produced at Modern Art Oxford in Freedom, the first solo exhibition in the UK by American artist Josh Kline (b. 1979).

At the centre of Freedom is a major installation from which the exhibition takes its title. Four towering ‘Police Teletubbies’ dressed in SWAT gear guard a space modelled after Zuccotti Park, the privately owned public space in New York City and site of the Occupy Wall Street protest camp in 2011.

In Hope and Change, US President Barack Obama, played by an actor augmented with facial substitution software, delivers a provocative new version of the President’s 2009 inaugural speech.

In this darkly compelling new exhibition, Kline highlights the erosion of privacy and civil rights in the 21st century.

Freedom is the first in a cycle of projects planned by Kline that will explore the political and economic landscape of the future.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Anne Hardy: FIELD

  • 7 November 2015 — 10 January 2016

Modern Art Oxford presents FIELD, an exhibition of new work by British artist Anne Hardy (b. 1970).

Hardy introduces the idea of a ‘field’ as a zone of interest, terrain or an open-ended psychological space. Working with sculptural installation, audio, text and image, the Upper Gallery becomes a series of these arenas, their boundaries defined by shifts in lighting, audio and colour.

Hardy came to prominence in the 2000’s, with a series of photographs of constructions made in her studio
each one built, photographed and subsequently discarded.

In her work since 2013, Hardy’s approach to making images has shifted to sculpture itself based on using objects, materials and audio to construct environments where we encounter her work in the physical world.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Modern Art Oxford
30 Pembroke Street



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