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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Photorealism - at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

The Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery built in 1885 has a collection of international importance covering fine art, ceramics, metalwork, jewellery, archaeology, ethnography, local history and industrial history.

BM&G Chamberlain Square, Birmingham.

The Museums Act of 1845 “[empowered] boroughs with a population of 10,000 or more to raise a 1/2d for the establishment of museums.” In 1864 the first public exhibition room was opened when the Society and other donors presented 64 pictures as well as the Sultanganj Buddha to Birmingham Council and these were housed in the Free Library building but, due to lack of space, the pictures had to move to Aston Hall.  Joseph Nettlefold bequeathed twenty-five pictures by local artist David Cox to Birmingham Art Gallery on the condition it opened on Sundays.

Bridge between "Gas Hall" and Art Gallery

The Industrial Gallery

Round room including Jacob Epstein's Archangel Lucifer 1945-45

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is the only UK venue to host Photorealist exhibition.

50 Years of Hyperrealistic Painting Showcases key Photorealist artists from the 1960s to the present day.  Developed as a touring exhibition by the Institute for Culture Exchange, this is the largest and most comprehensive Photorealism retrospective to be held in Europe.

Hyperrealistic Paintings

Don Eddy Untitled (4 VWs) 1971

John Salt (b.1937) Bride 1969


"Brum" Our Second City
City of a thousand traders
"Workshop of the World"
Birmingham's motto: Forward

Pretending I arrived on a bicycle

On the steps to the Gallery

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