The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

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Monet, Manet, and Magritte; Renoir, Rubens, Rossetti and Rodin; Degas, Delacroix and van Dyck — not to mention Turner, Gainsborough, Gauguin, van Gogh and Picasso…

You can see major works by all these great artists in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, at the University of Birmingham. There’s also a stunning coin gallery and an exciting programme of exhibitions, concerts, lectures, gallery talks, workshops and family activities.

The entire collection of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Sunday: 12 noon - 5.00 pm

Closed: 1 January, 2 April (Good Friday), 24-26 December.

Admission charges

Admission to the permanent collection and all exhibitions is free.

Additional info

Our prints and drawings collection is available for viewing by appointment.

The entire collection of the Barber Institute of Fine Arts is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The Barber Institute houses one of the finest small collections of European art in the whole of the United Kingdom, featuring works ranging from the 13th to the 20th centuries. The holdings are a gathering of some of the most influential artists of the previous millennium, with particular strengths lying in the Old Master and Impressionist collections.

The collection is made up of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture, and among the artists represented are Bellini, Botticelli, Veronese, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Poussin, Gainsborough, Turner, Delacroix, Ingres, Rossetti, Whistler, Manet, Degas, Monet, van Gogh, Rodin, Gauguin, Picasso, Matisse, Magritte, and Schiele. The Barber Institute also houses a rare collection of coins, seals and weights, chiefly from Rome, Byzantium and the Middle East.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Prestige & Power: Projecting identity in 17th-century Portraiture

  • 15 January — 15 May 2016 *on now

Artists, writers, politicians and royalty come under the spotlight in this display, which explores how portraiture was used to assert status, celebrate achievements and project individuality in the 17th century.

It features prints, drawings and miniatures from the Barber’s own collection along with miniatures on loan from two fine private collections. Artists represented include Rubens, Van Dyck and Charles Le Brun, as well as miniaturists Nicholas Hilliard, Isaac Oliver and Richard Gibson.

Website

http://barber.org.uk/prestige-power/

Chance, Order, Change: Abstract Paintings 1939 - 1989

  • 11 February — 8 May 2016 *on now

Josef Albers, Bridget Riley, Victor Pasmore, Ad Reinhardt and Sean Scully: some of the most influential artists of the later 20th century feature in this exciting exhibition, which forms the centrepiece of the spring programme.

Coming to the Barber from an important private collection and never before seen together in public, the dozen works in the show by these artists and other leading names span 50 key years in the development of modern art. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy abstract art at its purest – in a setting generally associated with more representational paintings by the old masters and great Impressionists.

Website

http://barber.org.uk/chance-order-change-3/

Into the Woods

  • 12 February — 12 June 2016 *on now

From leafy bowers sheltering weary travellers to the melancholy or menace of brooding forests and overgrown paths, these prints and drawings explore man’s relationship with trees, woods and forests, and are drawn from a wide-ranging geographical area and period.

Curated around one of our latest long-term loans, ‘Path Through a Dark Wooded Landscape’ by John Bernard Gilpin, this display includes stylistically diverse works by distinguished artists such as Jacob van Ruisdael, Theodore Rousseau and Samuel Palmer.

Website

http://barber.org.uk/into-the-woods/

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TS
England

Website

www.barber.org.uk

E-mail

General information

info@barber.org.uk

Telephone

0121 414 7333

Fax

0121 414 3370

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