barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


The Religious, the Social & the Body

In the 20th century, a number of artists rejuvenated the centuries-old art of printmaking to respond powerfully to modern issues. Visual motifs sourced from Christianity, society and the body were used to express the pain of contemporary life and to call for drastic change. The dynamic power of these prints, by artists such as Picasso, Kollwitz and Nolde, will be explored in combination with journals to demonstrate the original context in which they were produced and viewed. This exhibition shows the versatility and expressive potential of engraving, lithography and woodcut printmaking, and highlights this important cache of works on paper from the Barber’s collection. The exhibition has been curated by postgraduate students from the University’s Department of History of Art.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Jacqueline in Profile, Turned to the Right


Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945)

Woman with dead child



Monet, Manet and Magritte; Renoir, Rubens, Rossetti and Rodin; Degas, Delacroix and Van Dyck - as well as Botticelli, Poussin, Turner, Gainsborough, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Bellows, Hodgkin and Auerbach...

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