Past Exhibitions


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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Master Drawings

25 May 2013 to 18 Aug 2013

Drawn from one of the world's greatest collections of works on paper, 'Master Drawings' presents a selection of the Ashmolean's treasures of Western Art. The exhibition surveys drawings of all types by some of the biggest names in art history – starting with Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael, all the way up to Gwen John, David Hockney and Antony Gormley.

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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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Threads Of Silk and Gold: Ornamental Textiles From Meiji Japan

9 Nov 2012 to 27 Jan 2013

This autumn, the Ashmolean Museum presents the first exhibition devoted to the art of Meiji textiles ever to be held outside Japan.

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Happy Birthday Edward Lear: 200 Years Of Nature And Nonsense

20 Sep 2012 to 6 Jan 2013

To celebrate the bicentenary of Edward Lear (1812–1888) the Ashmolean is holding an exhibition covering all aspects of his work.

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The English Prize: The Capture of the Westmorland, an Episode of the Grand Tour

17 May 2012 to 27 Aug 2012

The story of the Westmorland, an armed merchant ship sailing from Livorno to London in January 1779, is one of colourful 18th-century personalities and modern detective work.

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Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin

2 Feb 2012 to 22 Apr 2012

This exhibition of Indian paintings will show the collection of the artist Howard Hodgkin in its entirety for the first time.

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Claude Lorrain: The Enchanted Landscape

6 Oct 2011 to 8 Jan 2012

The Ashmolean's major exhibition this autumn will be CLAUDE LORRAIN: THE ENCHANTED LANDSCAPE, rediscovering the father of European landscape painting, Claude Gell�e (c.1600–1682), or Claude Lorrain as he is best known.

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Heracles to Alexander The Great: Treasures From The Royal Capital of Macedon, A Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy

7 Apr 2011 to 29 Aug 2011

In the first major archaeological exhibition in the new temporary exhibition galleries, the Ashmolean Museum will showcase over five hundred treasures made of gold, silver and bronze, recently found in the royal burial tombs and the palace of Aegae, the ancient capital of Macedon.

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