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Changing Shapes: Metamorphosis in Art

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2TT

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An intricately detailed engraving; huge trees overhang a river in which figures are half-transformed to frogs.

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More than 250 myths are woven together through themes of psychological and physical transformation – as well as love, pursuit and punishment – to create 'Metamorphoses' (8AD) an epic poem by Ovid (43BC – 17AD), who was the leading poet in Rome under the reign of Augustus.

Stirring European artists for centuries, these ambitious themes have made the poem more widely illustrated than any other book from the ancient world, except the Bible.

Bringing together prints and drawings inspired by Ovid's writing, this display draws on the Barber's collection: from mid-16th-century Flemish etchings to an early 20th-century drawing by French artist André Derain, and a 1950s print by German Surrealist Max Ernst.

Free to visit; booking your visit is essential.

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Public Transport Directions

Cycle:
There is a cycle rack to the right of the main entrance of the Barber.

Bus:
There are frequent buses from the city centre to the bottom of nearby Edgbaston Park Road (1A, 61, 63, X20, X21 and X22). Other services from the city and region call at stops surrounding the University campus.

Train:
University Station is across campus – turn left on exiting the station and go straight ahead, following signs. The gallery is on your left when you arrive at the East Gate.

Tel: 0121 414 7333

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Opening Times

16 Oct 2020 - 31 Jan 2021
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

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