Today's a big day for the University of California Berkeley's singular Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive: the doors to its new Diller Scofidio + Renfro-designed home are opening—finally. The architectural firm best known for projects like The High Line in New York City and The Broad museum in L.A. have created a 48,000-square-foot addition to the Art Deco University of California printing plant in downtown Berkeley. The project has been in the works since 1997 when it was discovered that the museum's original home in Mario Ciampi's Brutalist structure dating back to 1970 was not up to seismic code (since then the film and art programs have operated out of separate annexes).
Now, the art and film programming for the 450 screenings and 20 exhibitions they're planning to host annually are under one roof once again. Inaugurating the presentations at the new building will be the Architecture of Life exhibition, which explores how structures, both in concept and form, affect the experience of life with work by artists including Louise Bourgeois and Marcel Duchamp and architects like Buckminster Fuller and Toyo Ito. Film screenings will be chosen by the museum's past directors and include Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, and there will be series dedicated to filmmakers Maurice Pialat, Eduardo Coutinho, and Nuri Bilge. It sure beats your Netflix queue, that's for sure.
Now, here's a look inside the new museum:
For more information, visit bampfa.org.