Past Exhibitions


Raphael: The Drawings

1 Jun 2017 to 3 Sep 2017

The Ashmolean’s captivating summer show brings together 120 stunning works from international collections spanning the brief but brilliant career of this Renaissance genius.

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Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France

10 Feb 2017 to 7 May 2017

One of the most fascinating stories in the history of art, the rise of Modernism in France will be the focus of our spring 2017 exhibition.

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Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural

20 Oct 2016 to 15 Jan 2017

Showcasing over a hundred spectacular objects from Morocco to China, Power and Protection is the first major exhibition to explore the supernatural in the art of the Islamic world.

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Sensation: Rembrandt's First Paintings

16 Sep 2016 to 27 Nov 2016

The Senses are the earliest surviving works by the most famous of all Dutch artists, Rembrandt (1606–1669). This is the very first time that the four surviving panel paintings have been on show together in public.

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Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas

21 Jun 2016 to 25 Sep 2016

Storms, War and Shipwrecks tells the extraordinary story of the island at the crossroads of the Mediterranean through the discoveries made by underwater archaeologists.

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Elizabeth Price: The Annual Contemporary Art Society Award

18 Mar 2016 to 15 May 2016

Elizabeth Price, winner of the 2013 Contemporary Art Society Award, has created a new work in response to the collections and archives of the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers museums.

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Andy Warhol: Works from The Hall Collection

4 Feb 2016 to 15 May 2016

This spring exhibition presents, for the first time in public, an important private collection of works by Andy Warhol (1928–1987).

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Titian to Canaletto: Drawing in Venice

15 Oct 2015 to 10 Jan 2016

Featuring a hundred drawings from the Uffizi, the Ashmolean, and Christ Church, Oxford, Drawing in Venice is a ground-breaking exhibition based on new research.

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An Elegant Society: Adam Buck, artist in the age of Jane Austen

16 Jul 2015 to 4 Oct 2015

The work of Adam Buck, Regency portrait and miniature painter, provides a fascinating insight into the faces and fashions of this time. Buck’s portraits of The Royals, landowners, Serving Officers and society hostesses, dressed in white muslin, seated or standing in fashionable interiors, brings the world of Jane Austen vividly to life. Jane Austen enthusiasts know Adam Buck’s work better than most.

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Love Bites: Caricatures by James Gillray

26 Mar 2015 to 21 Jun 2015

To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of British caricaturist James Gillray (1756–1815), the Ashmolean presents more than 60 of Gillray’s finest caricatures from the outstanding collection of New College, Oxford.

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Great British Drawings

26 Mar 2015 to 31 Aug 2015

The collection of British drawings and watercolours in the Ashmolean is one of the largest and most important in the world. Great British Drawings shows more than one hundred works by some of the country’s greatest artists, to trace the history of drawing in Britain. Many of the drawings are shown for the first time in public.

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William Blake: Apprentice and Master

4 Dec 2014 to 1 Mar 2015

A major exhibition on the work of William Blake (1756–1827), printmaker, painter and revolutionary poet of the prophetic books. The exhibition also explores how Blake looked back to the master artist-printmakers at the beginnings of the Renaissance, and how he inspired and guided the young artist-printmakers who gathered around him in the last years of his life, Samuel Palmer, George Richmond and Edward Calvert.

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

1 Aug 2014 to 12 Oct 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.

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Discovering Tutankhamun

24 Jul 2014 to 2 Nov 2014

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

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Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection

13 Mar 2014 to 22 Jun 2014

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.

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Francis Bacon / Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone

12 Sep 2013 to 19 Jan 2014

This major exhibition will display works by these giants of twentieth century western art. A large collection of paintings by Bacon and sculptures and drawings by Moore have been carefully selected for this show to bring out the similarities and differences between their work. (online ticket sales coming soon)

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13 Jun 2013 to 11 Aug 2013

Antonio Stradivari (c.1644–1737) – or Stradivarius as he is usually known – is the only maker of musical instruments whose name ranks alongside those of the great composers. For the first time will twenty-one of his instruments, from guitar to cello to violin, be on display together in the UK.

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Tales in the Round: Manju Netsuke from the Ashmolean

30 Apr 2013 to 1 Sep 2013

This exhibition highlights the Ashmolean's collection of a particular type of netsuke, the manju, which is named after a round, sweet-bean paste bun.

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28 Feb 2013 to 19 May 2013

The Ashmolean's 2013 exhibition programme opens with the Museum's first major exhibition of contemporary art. Xu Bing has become one of China's best known and critically acclaimed artists, exhibiting in solo exhibitions and winning awards around the world. Landscape Landscript will be the first exhibition devoted to his landscapes.

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Chinese Landscape from the Ashmolean Collection

9 Feb 2013 to 21 Jul 2013

A display of traditional Chinese landscape paintings from the Ashmolean collection, including rarely shown works by masters of the 17th century.

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Western Art Exhibitions pre-2000


PDF list of Westerm Art exhibitions

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