The Director’s Archive: Lee Miller & Roland Penrose – Sussex Collages (1984)

In 1984, Modern Art Oxford presented a small show of late collages produced by Roland Penrose in the early 1980s, combined with photographs taken by his photographer wife Lee Miller in 1953. Organised by the Gardner Centre Gallery, University of Sussex, the show included two bodies of work in dialogue with each other. Collages made… Continue reading The Director’s Archive: Lee Miller & Roland Penrose – Sussex Collages (1984)

The Archive: Jake and Dinos Chapman – The Rape of Creativity (2003)

Jake and Dinos Chapman – The Rape of Creativity took place at Modern Art Oxford between 12 April and 8 June 2003. The Rape of Creativity introduced audiences to a number of works by the Chapman Brothers, many of which were shown for the first time in the UK. The catalogue of the exhibition included… Continue reading The Archive: Jake and Dinos Chapman – The Rape of Creativity (2003)

The Director’s Archive: Kandinsky: The Munich Years (1900 – 1914)

Modern Art Oxford has hosted many touring ‘blockbuster shows’ during its 50 year history and one of the most celebrated was the 1979 exhibition Kandinsky: The Munich Years (1900 – 1914), which was organised by the Scottish Arts Council in association with the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich.  The exhibition brought together 92 works made… Continue reading The Director’s Archive: Kandinsky: The Munich Years (1900 – 1914)

The Archive: Louise Bourgeois: Sculpture & The Prints of Louise Bourgeois (1995)

Louise Bourgeois: Sculpture and The Prints of Louise Bourgeois bothtook place at the Museum of Modern Art Oxford over two floors between 15 October and 31 December 1995. This major programme of two solo exhibitions offered the first opportunity in Britain to survey the sculpture, drawings and prints of Louise Bourgeois. The exhibition drew together the… Continue reading The Archive: Louise Bourgeois: Sculpture & The Prints of Louise Bourgeois (1995)

The Director’s Archive: Jim Lambie, 2003

Jim Lambie's exhibition 'Male Stripper' at Modern Art Oxford. Photo requested by Adrian Searle/Guardian Arts. Payment required for use.

Modern Art Oxford’s 2003 solo exhibition of new work by acclaimed British artist Jim Lambie showcased the artist’s characteristic formal rigour and site-specific response to the gallery space with a DJ’s sense of improvisation and sampling.    The exhibition brought together a new vinyl floor work, Male Stripper, a black and white duct tape striped floor… Continue reading The Director’s Archive: Jim Lambie, 2003

The Archive: New Art From China, part 1: Silent Energy

In this latest Channel post, Professor Craig Clunas from the History of Art department, University of Oxford, reflects on the impact of the innovative exhibition of contemporary Chinese art, ‘Silent Energy’ held at Modern Art Oxford in 1993. To refresh my memory of this ground-breaking show, the first time ‘contemporary Chinese art’ was shown in… Continue reading The Archive: New Art From China, part 1: Silent Energy

The Director’s Archive: Paul Klee, 1983

Although Modern Art Oxford has become known in recent decades for solo presentations of international artists working directly in response to the spaces of the gallery, many of the memorable shows in our 50year history have also been touring exhibitions organised by other institutions and exhibited here.  One such show, presented in the early autumn of 1983, was… Continue reading The Director’s Archive: Paul Klee, 1983

The Archive: Signs of the Times – A Decade of Video, Films & Slide-Tape Installation in Britain 1980-1990 (1990)

Signs of the Times: A Decade of Video, Films and Slide-tape Installation in Britain 1980-1990, took place at the Museum of Modern Art Oxford in two parts between 7 October and 9 December 1990. Signs of the Times was the first major exhibition of British video, slide-tape and film installation to examine the development of… Continue reading The Archive: Signs of the Times – A Decade of Video, Films & Slide-Tape Installation in Britain 1980-1990 (1990)

The Director’s Archive: Philip Guston, 1989

I am a great admirer of the American artist Philip Guston (1913-80), and I have been looking again at his extraordinary body of work recently in light of the mood and temperament of our own turbulent times. Guston’swork seems to me to resonate with the anxiety of contemporary society.   The major exhibition of his drawings at Modern… Continue reading The Director’s Archive: Philip Guston, 1989

The Archive: Helen Chadwick – Viral Landscapes (1989-1990)

Helen Chadwick Viral Landscapes was held at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, from 5 November 1989 to 7 January 1990.   Shown as a panoramic frieze measuring four feet in height and 50 feet in length, Viral Landscapes was a brand new series of photographic wall pieces created by British artist Helen Chadwick (1953-1996).… Continue reading The Archive: Helen Chadwick – Viral Landscapes (1989-1990)