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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.