Ashmolean Museum

Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 2PH
England

Website

www.ashmolean.org

E-mail

Education Service

education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Museum shop

shop@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Telephone

01865 278000

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The Ashmolean Museum
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Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum is the country’s oldest public museum and home to one of the most important collections of art and archaeology to be found anywhere.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tues - Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays: 10.00-17.00
Closed: Every Mon & 24,25,26 Dec

Admission charges

Free

Additional info

Parking is available next to the Museum on St. Giles

The entire collection of the Ashmolean Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The Ashmolean Museum was founded in 1683, the first institutional museum in Britain, and arguably in Europe. Notable among antiquities are the Egyptian collections, the Classical Greek collections including the ‘Arundel Marbles’ and the Felix Gem, and the Alfred Jewel. Paintings date from early Italian to Pre-Raphaelite and there are outstanding drawings by Raphael and Michelangelo. The arts of China, Japan, South East Asia and Islam are well represented, as are Maiolica, Renaissance bronzes and numismatics.

Collection details

World Cultures, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Coins and Medals, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

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

Michael Sullivan: A Life of Art and Friendship

  • 11 March — 14 September 2014 *on now

Michael Sullivan, who died aged 96 in September 2013, was a leading scholar of Chinese art. He was also able to build up an outstanding collection of modern Chinese art through his life-long friendships with prominent Chinese artists who presented many inscribed paintings, prints, drawings, and albums to him and his wife Khoan. Their collection has been bequeathed by Michael Sullivan to the Ashmolean, and this selection of works commemorates his long and fruitful life of art and friendship.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art From the Pearlman Collection

  • 13 March — 22 June 2014 *on now

The collection formed by Henry and Rose Pearlman after the Second World War is one of the most important in North America. In 2014, it will be exhibited for the first time in Europe at the Ashmolean Museum.

The collection comprises a matchless group of paintings and watercolours by Cézanne, and paintings and sculptures by leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters. Among them are Van Gogh’s depiction of The Tarascon Stagecoach, and Modigliani’s celebrated portrait of Jean Cocteau.

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/

Discovering Tutankhamun

  • 24 July — 26 October 2014

Howard Carter’s excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 was one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.

The name of Egypt’s ‘boy king’ is now synonymous with the glories of this ancient civilisation. DISCOVERING TUTANKHAMUN will display objects of the Amarna Period (about 1350–1330 BC) with material from the archives of Oxford’s Griffith Institute, now in its 75th year, to tell the story of the discovery of the tomb, its popular appeal, and to explore how modern Egyptologists are reinterpreting the evidence.

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/

The Eye of the Needle: English Embroideries from the Feller Collection

  • 1 August — 12 October 2014

THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE will display, for the first time in public, a selection of eye-catching, virtuoso 17th-century embroideries from the internationally renowned Feller Collection, together with outstanding examples from the Ashmolean’s own holdings.

The exhibition will explore the context in which these technically exacting works were made by girls and young women at home or school, and what they reveal of the society, economy, and culture of 17th-century England.

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/

William Blake: Apprentice and Master

  • 4 December 2014 — 1 March 2015

APPRENTICE AND MASTER examines three major aspects of the life and work of William Blake (1757–1827): his formation as an artist and apprenticeship as an engraver; his achievement as a master artist-printmaker, technical innovator, painter, and revolutionary poet; and finally his relationship to the printmakers of the Renaissance, and his influence on a younger generation of artists such as Samuel Palmer.

In one room of the exhibition, a nineteenth-century star-wheel rolling press will be installed where curator, Michael Phillips, will give demonstrations showing how Blake printed his illuminated books.

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Joseph Beuys & Jorg Immendorff: Art Belongs to the People!

  • 10 April — 31 August 2014 *on now

‘Art Belongs to the People!’ is the second in a new series of exhibitions in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation (USA). Curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, former Exhibitions Secretary at the Royal Academy, it presents a selection of important works by two of Germany’s greatest modern artists, Joseph Beuys (1921‒1986) and Jörg Immendorff (1945‒2007). The exhibition focuses on the artists’ output from 1968 onwards, evoking the world of the student protests which were taking place across Europe and in the United States. At the time, Beuys was a teacher and Immendorff his student at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art and they were leading cultural figures in Germany, working, symbiotically, to promote the ideological revolution through their conception of art.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Director's Lecture Series: Rome - An Empire's Story

  • 19 April 2014 11am-12pm *on now

The Ashmolean Director’s Lectures brings you a line-up of speakers who are leading experts in art, history and cultural studies. The April lecture will be given by Professor Greg Woolf, University of St Andrews, on the subject of the Roman Empire, telling the story of how this mammoth empire was created, how it was sustained in crisis, and how it shaped the world of its rulers and subjects.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please check prior to visiting.

Global Art Compass: New Directions in 21st-century

  • 22 April 2014 2-3pm

Alistair Hicks talks about his new book in which he argues that no single curator, critic, or dealer should monopolize our view of contemporary art. Instead, he encourages us to make our own way through the art world: to see art, listen to the artist, and trust our own responses.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please check website before attending.

Cat-eyes

Paws and Claws

  • 24 April 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Discover cats large and small in objects and paintings and make your own cat mask and tail.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/events.html

Arts of War and Peace: Samurai Culture in Japan

  • 29 April 2014 2-3pm

The Edo period in Japan was a peaceful time ruled by the Tokugawa Shoguns. This lecture explores the sumptuous art forms of Samurai culture including arms and armour, lacquerware, gold screen paintings and Japanese tea ceremony wares from the 17th‒19th centuries.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please check website before visiting.

The Egyptian Myths: A Guide to Ancient Gods and Legends

  • 1 May 2014 2-3pm

In this introduction to the mysteries of Egyptian mythology, learn about gods, goddesses, and demons and the parts they play in the netherworld and the cosmos.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please check website before attending.

William Kelly: Artist of Conscience

  • 8 May 2014 6:30-8:30pm

Internationally acclaimed US artist William Kelly talks about his life and work. Kelly’s varied career has seen him work as a taxi driver and a welder, before he went on to become a Fulbright Scholar and Dean at the Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne. Today Kelly is known as a painter and printmaker and an artist of conscience, committed to a humanist approach in his creative practice. £8/£7 concessions, booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £8.00 (£7.00 concessions).

India: A Short History

  • 10 May 2014 2-3pm

India is the world’s largest democracy and a fast growing economy. It is also a civilization with roots more than four thousand years old, including the technically advanced cities of the Indus Valley, the Buddha, Hindu dynasties, the Mughal Empire, and the British Raj. This lecture looks at individuals, ideas, and cultures, as well as the rise and fall of kingdoms, political parties, and economies.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please check website before attending.

Magic Museums at Night

  • 16 May 2014 From 7pm

For 2014’s Museums At Night event, we celebrate with an evening of magic. Curators will be presenting the magical and mystical objects of the collection while visitors are invited for magic shows and workshops, tarot reading, stargazing, flamenco dance and more.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Director's Lecture Series: Love and Politics at the Court of Henry VIII

  • 17 May 2014 11am-12pm

In an age of personal monarchy, politics meant much more than the institutions of Council and Parliament. The politics of the court of Henry VIII was the politics of spectacle, the politics of persuasion and the politics of magnificence. It was also sexual politics - the politics of love - that revolved around the splendid person of the king himself.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please check website before visiting.

Gauguin's Paradise Lost

  • 22 May 2014 3-4pm

Like many Western visitors to Tahiti in the later 19th century, Gauguin bemoaned the destruction of the island’s culture by French colonialism. Examine the roots of this melancholy view of paradise lost and explore how it is reflected in Gauguin’s painting, sculpture, and print-making.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please check website before attending.

Poppy

Creation in Conflict: Artists of the Great War

  • 22 May 2014 3:45-4:45pm

To mark the centenary of World War One, this talk explores the Western Art Print Room’s collection of drawings and prints from 1914 to 1918.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Cezanne: a Modern Field of Vision

  • 24 May 2014 11am-12pm

Cézanne’s unique and ground-breaking observations of landscape continue to influence artists today. This lecture examines his landscapes, peripheral vision, and his links with contemporary artists and archaeologists.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please check website before attending.

photograph of poppy on war memorial

The Art of Witnessing War

  • 5 June 2014 2-3:30pm

Starting with WW1, the lecture looks at how the work of artists such as Paul Nash, C.R.W. Nevinson and Stanley Spencer came to be seen as authentic visions of the actuality of the war. It will then consider the iconic status of works such as Picasso’s Guernica (1937) and the role of war photographers and contemporary issues about giving visual witness to war and conflict.
Followed by Q and A session.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please check website before attending.

photograph of woman doing batik

Study Day: South East Asian Textiles

  • 12 June 2014 11am-4:30pm

Explore regional variations, techniques and designs from batik to songket. The study day includes two lectures, a viewing session and an Asian textiles conservation session. £40/£35 concessions (inc. tea and coffee), booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £40.00 (£35.00 concessions).

Cezanne and Still Life

  • 17 June 2014 5:30-8:30pm

Improve your still life drawing skills and develop a better understanding of still life in Cézanne’s work. This workshop is designed for people who have basic drawing skills. £40/£35 concessions (inc.materials).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission £40.00 (£35.00 concessions).

Clay Live: Clive Bowen and Dylan Bowen

  • 18 June 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

Slip ware specialists, father and son, Clive and Dylan Bowen demonstrate their work and talk about what has influenced their pottery. £25/£20 concessions, booking essential.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Workshop £25.00 (£20.00).

The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History

  • 21 June 2014 2-3pm

Recounting the history of the self portrait, this lecture offers insights into artists’ psychological and creative worlds. James Hall talks about the medieval ‘mirror craze’, the confessional self portraits of Titian and Michelangelo, and the multiple selves of contemporary artists such as Claude Cahun and Cindy Sherman.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please check website before attending.

Fish Fossil

Festival of Archaeology - Big Dig

  • 17 July 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Search our sandpit to uncover different textures and materials. What will you find?

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/events.html

Dr. Suzanne MacLeod – Museum Architecture: a New Biography

  • 14 December 2014

The Ashmolean, which opened its acclaimed new building in 2009, is delighted to welcome Dr Suzanne MacLeod, University of Leicester, to speak on the subject of her new book, Museum Architecture: a New Biography. Dr MacLeod will discuss the evolution of museum design, trends in museum building around the world, and how the changing role of museums in society effects how they are built.

Admission

Tickets cost £8 (£7 concessions)

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