News item from 2009

Bettany Hughes

Ashmolean launches forecourt exhibition

Photographed by Theo Chalmers,  the series has been produced in collaboration with high profile individuals and members of the local community and will remain on display until 4 October.  From acclaimed actors, authors and artists, to Oxfordshire residents, the exhibition celebrates the personal connections that people have with the Ashmolean, in the lead up to the opening of the new Museum building in November 2009. Sir Ben Kingsley, Shami Chakrabarti and Maggi Hambling, are among the individuals who sat for a portrait with the Museum’s treasures.

Chalmers combines a surrealist overtone with a sleek advertising finish to tell a range of stories of each model and the history of each object. The portraits feature written quotations, articulating the sitter’s connection to the work of art or providing more information about the object.

Visitors can also see the exhibition online

The Museum remains closed until we reopen in November 2009. Exhibition open 10 - 5pm (Sat & Sun 12 - 5pm).

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