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Modern Art Oxford
Ranked #74 of 185 things to do in Oxford
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Owner description: Modern Art Oxford is one of the UK's leading galleries for the presentation of modern and contemporary visual art, with an established international reputation. Our programme includes temporary exhibitions by artists from all over the world, live events, educational and family activities. Admission to the exhibitions is free.Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday: Galleries, Shop, Café & Bar 10am-5pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Galleries 10am-7pm, Shop, Café & Bar 10am-10pm Sunday: Galleries, Shop, Café & Bar 12pm-5pmMonday: ClosedCafé & Bar:During the summer, the Café & Bar is located in The Yard, a sheltered 'indoor-outdoor' arcade designed by dRMM Architects and artist Richard Woods, on St Ebbe's Street.Access:Full access by lift to all public floors. Guide dogs, hearing and registered assistance dogs are welcome. Exhibition and programme guides are available in large print on request. A portable induction loop is available from the Front Desk. There is an accessible toilet in the basement. There are three parking spaces for badge holders in St. Ebbe’s Street. Additional parking is available at the Westgate Shopping Centre.
Reviewed July 21, 2012

An incredible series of paintings. Both disturbing and glorious, It's mostly flesh in all it's gory detail and demanding to be looked at.
You've got to go, it's what modern art is all about
Best show at MAO for a very long time.

Thank Huw A
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

MOMA (although I think they have now dropped the acronym) has a range of often challenging exhibitions. It's nearly always worth a visit, with paintings typically displayed around a large open area upstairs, and two smaller spaces.
The last two I have seen have both been interesting rather than the sort of art I would want to have in my own home, with Graham Sutherland showing a darker side than expected (as least from someone who associates his work most with Shell advertising posters!) and Jenny Saville offering very disturbing issues of voluptuous nudes, often exhibiting some after effects of violence.
Not the best place to take younger children; entry is free (as in several Oxford museums) with donations requested, so you can vote financially on what you think of the current show. There's also a rather pricey cafe in the corridor leading into the museum, and a small bookshop focusing on current and recent exhibitions.

Thank MKMapman
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

Somehow this museum has managed to extract nearly £1m a year out of public funds. With few exceptions, the spaces are filled with pretentious rubbish, including a succession of outdated video installations. There are so many more worthwhile artistic ventures in the area that I cannot understand how it pulls in so much money. If you go you will have the place pretty much to yourself -- it attracts few visitors.

5  Thank johncharles
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Reviewed May 8, 2012

If you work in town as we do, it is nice to go and view exhibits. I am not always sure what they are about, but interesting none the less.

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Reviewed March 6, 2012

We love this place, and have come several times, every time we're over from Paris we try to come.
They usually have very interesting temporary exhibitions, and events which surround them. The latest one we went to, Graham Sutherland curated by George Shaw was a particular success, with a great video accompanying the exhibition, shown in the downstairs space.
In our opinion, though, it was better when the bar/cafe was downstairs - the food was great, and it really worked as a layout concept, as the toilets are downstairs too. Now as a video space it means you're constantly being distracted by the opening and closing of the toilet doors.
They still serve good coffee and other drinks in the raised ground floor entrance space, but the food is limited to cakes and salad, whereas before they had MEGA jacket potatoes and soups and other hot food. Still, with it being in the centre there are plenty of pubs and cafés not far away.
Anyway, come for the (free) art rather than the food! And discuss it afterwards with a nice coffee or glass of wine!

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