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Modern Art Oxford Presents Hannah Ryggen Exhibition

THIS November, Modern Art Oxford will show the UK’s first in-depth exhibition of 20th Century Scandinavian artist Hannah Ryggen’s work. The 16 pieces will include an early self-portrait painted in 1914, tapestries that explored fascism in the 1930s and 1940s, and a number of her last works produced in the 1950s and 1960s.

Hannah Ryggen, Blood in the Grass, 1966. Courtesy of Modern Art Oxford and ODE-Art Museums of Bergen.
Photograph: KODE/Dag Fosse. © Hannah Ryggen / DACS 2017

Modern Art Oxford was founded in 1966, and has built a reputation for holding innovative exhibitions. The organisation seeks to engage and educate wider audiences about both the artwork they feature, and its relevance within society today.

It focuses on the relationship between art and ideas, for which Hannah Ryggen’s career provides broad scope for analysis. Ryggen is known to have been consistently influenced by contemporary socio-political events, such as the Nazi occupation of Norway and the Vietnam War.

Hannah Ryggen, 6 October 1942, 1943. Courtesy of Modern Art Oxford and Nordenfjeldske
Kunstindustrimuseum/ Museene I Sør-Trøndelag. Photograph: Anders S. Solberg/Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum. © Hannah Ryggen / DACS 2017

by Rosie Byers

The exhibition is on from November 11 until February 18, 2018 at Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP.

A press review and introductory talk by the show’s curator will take place on November 10 from 11am until 1pm.

For both press enquiries, or to RSVP to the press review contact:
Tel: +44 (0)1865 813 826,
Communications Manager Clare Stimpson:

The exhibition has been organised in collaboration with Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum / Museene I Sør-Trøndelag, and supported in part by an Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Research Grant.

Lubaina Himid Turns the Tide at Modern Art Oxford

THE vibrant paintings of Tanzanian-born, British-based artist  Lubaina Himid shimmer with Zanzibar’s piquant colours but within them, turbulent waters forecast change, hope and uncertainty. Invisible Strategies, the first survey exhibition of Himid’s work is on show at the contemporary art space, Modern Art Oxford. The display comprises early work from the 1980s to the present day, including pieces that have not been exhibited before.

 Lubaina Himid, Modern Art Oxford, paintingLubaina Himid, Metal / Paper, Beach House, 1995. Courtesy the artist & Hollybush Gardens

Highlighting a more truthful version of historical events, Himid appeals to her audience through her lively canvases, textiles, cutouts, prints and collages. The artist explains, “I am not a painter in the strictest sense … I am a political strategist who uses a visual language to encourage conversation, argument, change.”

Throughout her work, strange interiors and puzzling scenarios suggest transition or escape, whilst the myriad of over-painted plates and jugs provide a poignant reminder to past and indeed, present day slavery.

 Lubaina Himid, Modern Art Oxford, paintingLubaina Himid, Swallow Hard: The Lancaster Dinner Service (detail), 2007.
Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens, Photograph: Andy Keate

 In her work, the legacy of colonial trade, diaspora and conflict become embodied with her personal experiences. The painting series Le Rodeur, named after a nineteenth century slave ship recalls a time of great sadness and change following her father’s death from malaria in the mid-1950s. Travelling with her mother at just four months old, Himid left the shores of Zanzibar for the bustle and bright lights of Blackpool, UK.

 Lubaina Himid, Modern Art Oxford, paintingLubaina Himid, Le Rodeur: (The Lock), 2016. Courtesy the artist and Hollybush Gardens

The distant waves that corner Himid’s transitory spaces allude to peril, migration and her empathy with the power of the elements, “I have never been able to swim properly and am very frightened of the sea and of drowning,” says Himid.

Lubaina Himid is a Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Since her early involvement with the Black Arts Movement of the 1980s, she has campaigned for the recognition of black artists through exhibitions, projects, conferences including research documentaries for Tate Liverpool.

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition, Lubaina Himid: Invisible Strategies runs from 21 January to 30 April 2017 at Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP.

Telephone: +44 (0)1865 722733


Front page image: Lubaina Himid, Le Rodeur: Exchange, 2016. Courtesy the artist & Hollybush Gardens





Artists Leap Towards New Forms of Knowledge at Modern Art Oxford

IN CELEBRATION of its 50th anniversary, Modern Art Oxford stages the third exhibition of Kaleidoscope, a programme that showcases significant art of the past and new commissions from well-known contemporary artists. The exhibition, Mystics and Rationalists comprises drawing, sculpture and video animation by Daniel Buren, Sol Le Witt, Dorothy Cross, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Dan Graham, Yoko Ono, Karla Black and Amy Silman.

art, exhibitionsDorothy Cross, Doorway (detail) 2014. Photograph © The artist and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin.

Informed by the words of Sol Le Witt that “conceptual artists are mystics, rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach”, this exhibition defies traditional convention by offering an alternative view of the world. These artists push boundaries or challenge the processes of modern day technology using a range of materials as paradigms for their unusual creations.

Ibrahim El-Salahi, The Tree, 2000. India ink and coloured ink on Bristol board. Photo © Vigo Gallery and the artistIbrahim El-Salahi, The Tree, 2000. India ink and coloured ink on Bristol board.
Photograph © Vigo Gallery and the artist

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition, Mystics and Rationalists at Modern Art Oxford runs until July 31, 2016.