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Barber Institute of Fine Arts



The Barber institute of fine arts is one of finest small art gallery in Europe, located in south Birmingham on the campus of the University of Birmingham has the most outstanding collection of works of art assembled in Britain in the twentieth century and is one of the city of Birmingham's greatest cultural attractions.

The institute was founded by Lady Barber in memory of her husband, Sir William Henry Barber, in 1932 and officially opened in 1939 by Queen Mary. The Institute has acquired a collection of works of art of international significance, displayed in spacious and elegant galleries on the first floor of the Institute, there are works by Giovanni Bellini, Veronese, Hals, Rubens, Murillo, Poussin, Turner, Manet, Rossetti and Magritte.

There are also regular concerts in the splendid wood-panelled concert hall in the centre of the building.

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