Crossing Cultures, Crossing Time: The Transformation of the Ashmolean Museum
Evening Discussion with Dr Christopher Brown CBE, Director of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford
Drinks Reception at 6:30pm, Discussion at 7pm, Close at 8pm
The Ashmolean is home to the University of Oxford’s extraordinary collections of art and archaeology, from the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings to the foremost collection of modern Chinese art in the western world. As Britain’s first public museum, founded in 1683, it is also newly transformed. Following a £61 million redevelopment it is now home to a new galleries and facilities that welcomes over 1.2 million visitors each year. At the heart of this ambitious transformation is an innovative new display strategy: Crossing Cultures, Crossing Time, which highlights interaction and influence between civilizations. Through this approach, objects and works of art from its Chinese collections are featured not only in the galleries dedicated to China but throughout the museum, clearly demonstrating China’s impact and influence on other cultures from the ancient world to modern times.
Dr Christopher Brown has been Director of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology since 1998. Dr Brown was appointed a CBE for services to museums in 2011. Previously he was Curator of 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings, and then Chief Curator of the National Gallery, London, where he worked from 1971 to 1998. He is the author of numerous articles, books and exhibition catalogues, particularly on the work of Rubens, Van Dyck and Rembrandt.