Modern Art Oxford has been presenting inspiring exhibitions of contemporary art for 50 years.
The Museum of Modern Art Oxford was founded by the architect Trevor Green in 1966. 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 vibrant, changing programme of temporary exhibitions, rather than a museum that housed a collection of artworks.
Today, Modern Art Oxford is internationally recognised as one of the UK’s leading centres of contemporary art. Over the last fifty years, we have worked with some of the most influential figures in the contemporary art world, including artists, exhibition organisers and directors. 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), Thomas Houseago (2010), Graham Sutherland (2011), Jenny Saville (2012), Stephen Willats (2013), Eva Kotatkova (2013), Barbara Kruger (2014), and Stuart Brisley (2014).
Directors of Modern Art Oxford have included Peter Ibsen (1970-1973), Nicholas Serota (1973-1976), David Elliot (1976-1996), Kerry Brougher (1996-2000), Andrew Nairne (2000-2009), and Michael Stanley (2009-2012).
If you wish to find out more about our past exhibitions and the history of Modern Art Oxford, please get in touch.