UC Berkeley Art Museum : Michelin's recommendations
Housing one of the largest university art collections in the US, the UC Berkeley Art Museum was born in 1963 when Abstract Expressionist painter Hans Hofmann (1880-1966), having left Nazi Germany with the aid of two UC professors, donated 45 paintings and $250,000 to the university. After a 1997 inspection showed that its distinctive home (1970, Mario Ciampi, Richard Jorasch and Ronald Wagner) did not meet seismic standards, the museum announced plans for a new building at Oxford and Center Streets near the university's western entrance. A short list of architects was announced in June 2006, with construction set to begin in 2007 and an expected date of completion of 2010.In addition to Hofmann's work, the 9,000-piece permanent collection is strong in 20C art, pre-20C European painting, Asian ceramics and painting, and contemporary art and sculpture. The museum also mounts changing exhibitions from university and traveling collections.Associated with the museum, the renowned Pacific Film Archive preserves 8,000 films, videos and rare prints of classic films emphasizing Japanese, Soviet and American art cinema. Screenings are held year-round nightly at its theater across at 2575 Bancroft Way (510-642-1412). The archive and theater will also be moving to the new location in 2010.