barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Join us for an exciting evening with Members of the Barber Association and friends to celebrate the loan to the Barber of Francis Bacon’s seminal painting ‘Two Figures in a Room’ (1959), and grab a taste of what the Barber Association is all about.

5.30 – 7 pm: Screening of ‘Francis Bacon’s Arena’Since Bacon’s death in 1992, the BBC’s Arena series has been the only broadcaster authorised by his family to make a film about his life. It exudes Bacon’s forceful presence, voice and insights, and reflects the breadth of his work’s originality and international reach. With contributions by his sister Ianthe and others close to him, it features original music by Brian Eno (Film lasts 85 minutes).

6.45 – 7 pm: Late gallery opening

7 – 7.30 pm: Refreshments served in foyer

7.30 – 8.15 pm:  Hear three ten-minute illustrated mini-lectures on aspects of the artist and his work – then put your questions to the speakers:

Bacon’s Debt to the Art of the Past – Robert Wenley, Deputy Director, Barber Institute

Bacon and Modern and Contemporary Art – Lisa Beauchamp, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museums Trust

Bacon and World War II – Dr Greg Salter, Lecturer in History of Art, University of Birmingham

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (1889-1946)

Returning to the Trenches


George Du Maurier (1834-1869)

The Triumph of Realism

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Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8 – 1543)

Design for stained glass


Probably by Bernardino Lanino (about 1512-1583)

Madonna and Child with Saint Mary Magdalene and a Bishop

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