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Modern Art Oxford

Modern Art Oxford, the new name for the Museum of Modern Art Oxford, opened on  10 November 2002 with a refurbished building, a dynamic exhibitions and events  programme and FREE admission. The building changes include the creation of an  entrance space with Espresso Bar and Shop with a new stair down to the Cafe. For  the first time all three floors are linked by a single sequence of stairs. The  Upper Gallery has been stripped of cladding and returned to the brick walls of  the original Victorian brewery building. False ceilings have been removed and  windows opened up so the galleries feel more spacious and benefit from natural  light.

Over the next year Modern Art Oxford will be presenting  exhibitions by some of the best contemporary artists from Britain and around the  world, plus talks, children’s activities, live music and special events.

Since it opened in 1965, the gallery has established an  international reputation for the high quality of its pioneering exhibition  programme, which covers twentieth century painting, sculpture, photography,  film, video, architecture, design and performance from all over the world. The  gallery has presented the first exhibitions in Britain of major international  artists such as Donald Judd, Louise Bourgeois, Roy Lichtenstein and Carl  Andre.

Originally built as a brewery in the 1880s, the premises were  converted to their present use in several phases between 1965 and 1988. The  building now houses four exhibition galleries, a shop and espresso bar and Cafe  Varvara on the lower ground floor.

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