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Art November, 2 2009

The Ashmolean Museum

One of my personal favorite museums lies just a short walk from the Ashmolean. The Pitt Rivers, housed in Oxford’s Natural History Museum, received a face lift not too long ago and its neighbor too has undergone renovation. Rick Mather Architects has transformed the “dusty old labyrinth” doubling the exhibition space and adding much needed lighting. A full review of the new Ashmolean has been posted on Wallpaper*.  Adding exhibition space, promoting increased access to collections, and improving visitor flow is nothing new in museum renovation, but the work of Mather is nonetheless quite important to the history of the institution.

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