The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is housed in one of Birmingham’s finest Art Deco buildings. Whether you are enchanted by Monet, captivated by Rossetti or inspired by Van Gogh, the Barber houses one of the finest small collections of European art in the UK.
The Barber's collection includes prime examples by many of the greatest visionaries in the history of Western art including Botticelli, Bellini, Rubens, Van Dyck, Poussin, Claude, Gainsborough, Turner, Ingres, Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Magritte. Perhaps best known for its major French 19th Century paintings, including world-class Impressionist masterpieces, the gallery also boasts beautiful Renaissance panel paintings and key canvases by Baroque Italian and Dutch and Flemish masters. The collection is enhanced by a year-round programme of exciting temporary exhibitions.
The Barber Institute lives the vision of its founder, Lady Barber, who wished to establish a centre ‘for the study and encouragement of art and music’. The jewel in the cultural crown of the University of Birmingham, it uses its world-class collections to create inspirational opportunities for learning and enjoyment for all. It is also home to a concert hall, which hosts a series of top classical concerts by international soloists, ensembles and orchestras; including the free Friday lunchtime concerts. You can also take a gallery tour, join a writing workshop, enjoy a family art holiday school or attend a public lecture. Whether you are an art enthusiast or first-time visitor, you won’t be disappointed.
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