From the Director

Celebrating Summer at the Barber!

Our summer exhibition, Dürer: The Making of a Renaissance Master, features works by this great German artist, generously lent by HM The Queen from the Royal Collection. Organised in partnership with Royal Collection Trust, this delightful and informative show has been curated by talented MA students studying at the University of Birmingham. Their clever selection and thoughtful interpretation of these memorable and astoundingly accomplished images serves as a succinct but in-depth introduction to the most iconic artist of the Northern Renaissance.  Perhaps your appetite was whetted by the recent Dürer show at the National Gallery London, or maybe you didn’t get to Trafalgar Square? Now is your opportunity to learn about this extraordinary artist without the crowds of the capital. You can also catch up with some fascinating new acquisitions in the permanent galleries, including the collection’s first still life painting by a woman – a gloriously fruity piece by Flemish 17th-century artist Maria Tassaert.

Birmingham has the additional honour this Jubilee year to be hosting the Commonwealth Games from 28 July to 8 August. We’ll be marking this at the Barber with Taking Root: The Sustaining Life of Trees, a new display inspired by the 2022 Commonwealth Games theme of Nature. We are open normal hours, 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday, with additional open days Monday 1 August and Monday 8 August, welcoming visitors from all over the world. The campus will be very busy and there will no parking available on campus and parking restrictions in the surrounding area. Please check here for further details and travel advice.

As ever, there’s no need to book a ticket for your visit and general visits are always free. So enjoy a summer outing to the Barber and be assured of a warm welcome at any time when the galleries are open.

Best wishes and see you soon!

Nicola Kalinsky

June 2022


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