The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive is the visual arts center of UC Berkeley. BAMPFA's mission is to inspire the imagination and ignite critical dialogue through art and film, engaging audiences from the UC Berkeley campus, the Bay Area, and beyond. Each year BAMPFA presents more than twenty art exhibitions, 450 film programs, and dozens of performances, as well as lectures, symposia, and tours.
BAMPFA's comprehensive art and film collection includes more than 19,000 works of art and 17,500 films and videos. Representing a tremendous diversity of global cultures and historical periods, the collection has particular strengths in Ming and Qing dynasty Chinese painting, Mughal dynasty Indian miniature paintings, Baroque painting, old master prints and drawings, early American painting, 19th and early 20th centry photography, conceptual art, and international contemporary art, classic and international cinema, West Coast avant-garde film, international animation, Soviet cinema, early video art, and the largest collection of Japanese films outside of Japan. BAMPFA's modern collection is bult around a remarkable core holding of fifty paintings by the abstract expressionist painter and teacher Hans Hofmann and includes significant works by Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Ad Reinhardt, Jackson Pollock, David Smith, and Clyfford Still.