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Monica Sjöö: The Great Cosmic Mother 

Presented by Modern Art Oxford, Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Moderna Museet, Malmö

Book Tickets

Saturday 18 November – Sunday 25 February


Opening Times

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm


Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP


£6-12, FREE entry for MOA members.

Age Rating

All ages 

Artist, activist, writer and eco-feminist Monica Sjöö (1938-2005) was unwavering in her advocacy for gender justice, eco-feminism, matriarchy and social equities. This retrospective exhibition charts her life work and considers the relationship between art, spirituality and politics.

Tracing the artist’s deep commitment to gender and environmental justice, The Great Cosmic Mother showcases Sjöö’s large-scale paintings created in response to the wide-ranging feminist and environmental campaigns she was actively involved in throughout her life. Sjöö’s prescient artworks were a pioneering form of environmental activism and anticipated politically urgent debates surrounding the climate emergency today.

The exhibition assembles artworks spanning Sjöö’s 40-year career alongside her writing, photographs, activist publications, banners, posters and personal documents to highlight how Sjöö saw creative work as a vital part of life, and art making as a means of reconnecting the alternative values of past cultures to the present. Moving interchangeably between artworks, archival documents and personal artefacts, the exhibition seeks to inspire visitors to reflect how they can find creative expression in all aspects of their lives.

Monica Sjöö: The Great Cosmic Mother is curated by Jo Widoff, Moderna Museet, and Amy Budd, Modern Art Oxford, in collaboration with Moderna Museet, Stockholm and Moderna Museet Malmö, Sweden where it is showing from 13 May – 18 October 2023 and 23 March – 8 September 2024 respectively.

Curator-led Tour of Monica Sjöö Exhibition
Mark your calendars for a special Curator-led Tour on February 9, 2024 from 1:00pm to 1:30pm. This tour offers an exclusive insight into the exhibition through expert eyes. Explore Sjöö’s influential works and their significance in contemporary art and activism. The tour is free, but booking is essential. Book your spot HERE.

Plan your visit

Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP

Modern Art Oxford is located in central Oxford, close to local transports links.

Tuesday-Saturday – 10am – 5pm

Sunday – 12 – 5pm

Closed Mondays

We offer a range of facilities to ensure we are accessible to everyone.

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