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The Barber Institute

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is an art gallery and concert hall in Birmingham, England. It is situated in purpose-built premises on the campus of the University of Birmingham.

The Grade II listed Art Deco buildingwas designed by Robert Atkinson in the 1930s and opened in 1939 by Queen Mary. The first building to be purpose-built for the study of art history in the United Kingdom, it was described by architectural historian Sir John Summerson as representing "better than almost any other building (except, perhaps the RIBA in Portland Place) the spirit of English architecture in the 1930s." The layout of the museum is centred on a central concert hall which is surrounded by lecture halls, offices and libraries on the ground floor and art galleries on the first floor.

In the 2005 Penguin Books publication Britain's Best Museums and Galleries, the Barber Institute was one of only five galleries outside London to receive five stars for having "Outstanding collections of international significance" (the others were the National Gallery of Scotland, Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum, Cambridge University's Fitzwilliam Museum and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool).

 

The Institute is located 5 km southwest of the city centre at the East Gate of the university campus and has one of the outstanding collections of art assembled in Britain in the 20th century, including works by Gwen John, André Derain, Fernand Léger, René Magritte and Egon Schiele. It was set up by Martha Constance Hattie Barber in memory of her husband Henry Barber, a wealthy property developer who made his fortune expanding Birmingham's sprawling suburbs. Lady Barber was a descendant of the old Worcestershire Onions family of bellows-makers and was an heiress in her own right. By his mid-thirties, the couple had retired but their connections with the city remained strong. In 1924, Henry Barber received a baronetcy for 'Political Services to Birmingham'.

 

 

The Barber Institute

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is an art gallery and concert hall in Birmingham, England. It is situated in purpose-built premises on the campus of the University of Birmingham.

The Grade II listed Art Deco buildingwas designed by Robert Atkinson in the 1930s and opened in 1939 by Queen Mary. The first building to be purpose-built for the study of art history in the United Kingdom, it was described by architectural historian Sir John Summerson as representing "better than almost any other building (except, perhaps the RIBA in Portland Place) the spirit of English architecture in the 1930s." The layout of the museum is centred on a central concert hall which is surrounded by lecture halls, offices and libraries on the ground floor and art galleries on the first floor.

In the 2005 Penguin Books publication Britain's Best Museums and Galleries, the Barber Institute was one of only five galleries outside London to receive five stars for having "Outstanding collections of international significance" (the others were the National Gallery of Scotland, Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum, Cambridge University's Fitzwilliam Museum and the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool).

 

The Institute is located 5 km southwest of the city centre at the East Gate of the university campus and has one of the outstanding collections of art assembled in Britain in the 20th century, including works by Gwen John, André Derain, Fernand Léger, René Magritte and Egon Schiele. It was set up by Martha Constance Hattie Barber in memory of her husband Henry Barber, a wealthy property developer who made his fortune expanding Birmingham's sprawling suburbs. Lady Barber was a descendant of the old Worcestershire Onions family of bellows-makers and was an heiress in her own right. By his mid-thirties, the couple had retired but their connections with the city remained strong. In 1924, Henry Barber received a baronetcy for 'Political Services to Birmingham'.

 

 

comments (12)

A nice angle to include the curving wall and lovely lawn
Bill Phillips: Thanks E. It is a lovely building and houses a fine gallery
Worth a visit ....
Bill Phillips: Yes indeed comrade. This was Easter Sunday and I was surprised to discover it was open. I was also able to park right outside. I virtually had the place to myself!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Jun 2019, 06:48
Somewhere I never knew about and a place definitely worth visiting I would imagine
Bill Phillips: Yes it is. A very fine collection and a lovely building
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 11 Jun 2019, 06:52
I have not been there Bill. The photograph looks good.
Bill Phillips: You would like it I am sure Chad
A very fine building.
Bill Phillips: It is indeed and even better inside
I like the matching/opposing curves.
Bill Phillips: I am very pleased you do Mary
Very much a building of its time.
Bill Phillips: A fine building and even more so inside
I like the point of view as well as the play of light/shadow
Bill Phillips: Thank you very much Ms Bear
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jun 2019, 16:17
I especially like the early spring colours. Apart from the curved corners, the building immediately made me think of a telephone exchange.
Bill Phillips: Easter Sunday. It is a fairly uncomplicated building but I think it is very fine. It is even better inside
I love buildings designed in the Art Deco style, Bill. They are definitely worth saving.
Bill Phillips: So do I and this example will be around for many years to come
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 11 Jun 2019, 17:43
a beautiful campus. everything is so nicely manicured.
Bill Phillips: It I a very fine campus with some fine buildings
Love the curved wall intro...
Bill Phillips: Thank you!

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