Permanent Collection - University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive

The Berkeley Art Museum's diverse collections of more than 14,000 objects are characterized by themes of artistic innovation, intellectual exploration, and social commentary, and reflect the central role of education in BAM/PFA's mission.

The museum was founded in 1963 following artist and teacher Hans Hofmann's donation of forty-five paintings and $250,000 to the University; today BAM/PFA's collection of work by this important Abstract Expressionist artist remains the largest in any museum internationally.

The museum's collection has evolved with particular strengths in historical and contemporary Asian art; early American painting; mid-twentieth-century, Conceptual, and contemporary international art; and California and Bay Area art. Highlights include important works by Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Albert Bierstadt, Paul Gauguin, Helen Frankenthaler, Jay deFeo, Joan Brown, Jonathan Borofsky, and Shirin Neshat. Significant additions in recent years include the Jean and Francis Marshall Collection of Indian miniatures, and selected works from the renowned collection of Chinese painting belonging to UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus James Cahill and Cahill family members.

The Pacific Film Archive is home to the largest collection of Japanese films outside of Japan, as well as impressive gatherings of Soviet silents, West Coast avant-garde cinema, seminal video art, rare animation, Eastern European and Central Asian productions, and international classics. American experimental pioneers like Bruce Conner and Ant Farm share the shelves with international past masters Sergei Eisenstein and Kenji Mizoguchi at PFA's off-site storage vault, which provides a temperature- and humidity-controlled environment for over 10,000 films and videos.



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