The Barber Institute,
University of Birmingham

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is housed in one of Birmingham's finest Art Deco buildings, purpose built and opened by Queen Mary in 1939. The Barber Institute was designed by Robert Atkinson (1883-1952), one of Britain's leading architects of the 1920s and '30s. When it opened The Times described the building as 'the purest example of his work' and it continues to be regarded as one of his greatest achievements. In 1946 the building received a bronze medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects and in 1981 was listed Grade II by the Department of the Environment.

The intimate Barber Concert Hall hosts musical events ranging from student recitals to Evening Concerts. In the coming season we welcome world-class musicians including the 1995 Cardiff singer of the World, Katarina Karneus (January 28th 2009) and pianist Richard Goode (February 11th 2009).

In addition to the Concert Hall, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts contains one of the finest small collections of European art in the UK. Featuring works from the 13th to the 20th century, it is a near-perfect gathering of some of the most influential artists of the previous millennium. Its particular strengths lie in its Old Master and Impressionist collections. Amongst the artists represented are Bellini, Botticelli, Holbein, Veronese, Stom, Baschenis, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Poussin, Gainsborough, Turner, Delacroix, Ingres, Rossetti, Whistler, Manet, Degas, Monet, van Gogh, Rodin, Gauguin, Picasso, Matisse, Magritte, and Schiele.

Jo Sweet
Barber Institute Concerts Administrator

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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
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