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Ashmolean Touring Exhibitions

The Ashmolean's collections of Art and Archaeology are extraordinary and have been open to, and enjoyed by the public, since 1683. It is Britain's first museum and one of the oldest public museums in the world. As part of the University of Oxford, the Ashmolean also provides intellectual leadership in scholarship and research.

In 2009 the Ashmolean Museum underwent a major refurbishment and three new state of the art temporary exhibition spaces were created. These have given the Ashmolean a space to stage major, internationally renowned exhibitions with wide audience appeal, attracting media coverage worldwide.

The Ashmolean's international touring exhibitions programme has now been launched; enabling a new global audience access to the Ashmolean's outstanding collections and world-class scholarship.

If you would like further information about any of these exhibitions please contact:

Registrar's Department, Ashmolean Museum
T: +44 (0) 1865 288 074

UK Touring Exhibitions

Hiroshige's Japan: Views of Mount Fuji

Available now

This exhibition includes views of the revered Mount Fuji from several different series by the great landscape designer Utagawa Hiroshige (1797 - 1858). Mount Fuji, an active volcano and Japanís highest mountain, has long been praised by poets and depicted by artists for its beautiful shape and sacred status.

"Our visitor's book is absolutely brimming with amazing comments – honestly the best weíve ever had" – Kirsty Nutbeen, Exhibitions Officer, Hampshire Cultural Trust

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In the Groove: Gertrude Hermes and the Natural World

Final display slot remaining

One of the most innovative wood engravers of the 20th century, this exhibition explores Gertrude Hermesís (1901–83) fascination with the natural world, in particular animals and birds, plants, and water. The exhibition will also use the collection to illustrate the whole process of creating a wood engraving.

ďA marvellous and memorable experienceĒ – Simon Brett, Artist and Chairman of The Society of Wood Engravers, 1986-1992

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Plum Blossom and Green Willow

Available from Summer 2019

The Ashmolean Museum is proud to present Plum Blossom and Green Willow, a touring exhibition of exquisite Japanese surimono prints. Elegant in design and lavish in technique, surimono have been described as the 'jewels of Japanese printmaking'.

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Cultural Revolution! State Graphics in China in the 1960s and 1970s

Inviting expressions of interest

In 1942 Mao Zedong declared that all art and literature in China should serve politics first and art second. This policy was implemented for nearly four decades, most rigorously during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). This exhibition presents a selection of Cultural Revolution art and state graphics that were collected in China between 1968 and 1979.

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Artists Under Fire: Remembering the Great War 1914-1918


This exhibition reveals the effects of the First World War on soldiers and civilians alike, as seen through the eyes of contemporary artists. Dramatic depictions of diving bombers, devastated landscapes, action in the trenches and women on the Home front, make this a powerful, educational and moving exhibition.

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F. L. Griggs: Visions of England


F.L. Griggs was an etcher and print-maker who, while demonstrating an equal mastery of meticulous architectural detail and poetic effects of light, created images of compelling visionary intensity.

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Japanese Ghosts and Demons: Woodblock prints from the Ashmolean Museum


Giant spiders, dancing skeletons, winged goblins and hordes of ghostly warriors are among the spooky subjects depicted in this exhibition of striking nineteenth century woodblock prints. The exhibition explores tales from Japanese myth, including ancient ghost stories, fabled warriors, legendary battles and strange tales of the supernatural.

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International Touring Exhibitions

Pissarro Archive

Available from 2020

The Pissarro Archive in the Ashmolean Museum is the largest single resource for the study of Impressionism in the world. Among the most important items are a dozen oil paintings, several hundred drawings and an important group of prints by this artist, often described as the 'father of Impressionism'

Poussin to Cézanne: French Drawings and Watercolours

Coming Soon

The Ashmolean Museumís print room holds an outstanding collection of French drawings and watercolours. This collection of over 2,000 works includes landscapes, figure drawings, portraits and studies by artists such as Poussin, Claude, Watteau, Ingres, Manet and Cézanne

Russian Prints and Drawings

Coming Soon

The Ashmolean holds the most significant collection in Britain of 19th and early 20th century Russian drawings, including ballet designs by Bakst, Benois and Korovin, a fine group of drawings by Leonid Pasternak and a remarkable range of Russian topographical material.