“Modern Art Oxford is a mountain in the landscape of modern art.” Laura Cummings, The Guardian
Modern Art Oxford has been presenting inspiring exhibitions of contemporary art for more than 50 years.
The Museum of Modern Art Oxford was founded by the architect Trevor Green in 1965. Its primary aim was ‘the advancement of education of the general public in the modern visual arts’. In September of 1966, the Museum of Modern Art moved to a new home in the old brewery building on Pembroke Street, where we have been ever since.
In 2002, we changed our name to Modern Art Oxford, a change that better reflected a dynamic, changing programme of temporary exhibitions, rather than a museum with a permanent collection of artworks.
Today, Modern Art Oxford is internationally recognised as one of the UK’s leading contemporary art organisations. Over the last fifty years, we have worked with some of the most influential figures in the contemporary art world. The gallery is known for its distinctive and often ground-breaking exhibitions programme which has included projects by Richard Long (1971), Sol Le Witt (1973), Joseph Beuys (1974), Donald Judd (1995), Marina Abramovic (1995), Carl Andre (1996), Yoko Ono (1997), Tracey Emin (2002), Jim Lambie (2003), Mike Nelson (2004), Jannis Kounellis (2004), Daniel Buren (2006), Gary Hume (2008), Howard Hodgkin (2010), Jenny Saville (2012), Barbara Kruger (2014), Jeremy Deller (2014), Lubaina Himid (2017) and Kiki Smith (2019).
If you wish to find out more about our past exhibitions and the history of Modern Art Oxford, please get in touch.