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  • Abstract Expressionisms: Paintings and Drawings from the Collection

    January 18–June 10, 2012

    Come spend some time with the work of seminal Abstract Expressionists this spring at BAMPFA. Forceful paintings by Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Hans Hofmann, William Baziotes, Asger Jorn, Philip Guston, and others hang in light-filled Gallery A, while Gallery C displays rarely... View

  • Andy Warhol: Polaroids / MATRIX 240

    January 27–May 20, 2012

    Meet celebrities and other fabulous people in this diverse selection of portraits taken by Warhol in the 1970s and 1980s with his favorite camera, the Polaroid Big Shot. A generous gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, these images reveal a little-known but... View

  • Tables of Content: Ray Johnson and Robert Warner Bob Box Archive /...

    January 27–May 20, 2012

    The collagist Robert Warner has arranged the contents of thirteen boxes given to him by reclusive artist Ray Johnson (the "Bob Boxes") on tables and on the gallery walls. The collages, letters, drawings, beach trash and other found objects reveal Johnson's stream-of-consciousness... View

  • State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970

    February 29–June 17, 2012

    Have you ever heard the sound of ice melting? State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970, part of Pacific Standard Time, offers an in-depth exploration of Conceptual art made by both Northern and Southern California artists during a pivotal period in contemporary art.

  • The 42nd Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine...

    May 18–June 10, 2012

    Be among the first to encounter the work of seven exceptional artists as they embark on their careers in the Forty-Second Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine Arts Graduate Exhibition.

  • Himalayan Pilgrimage: Liberation Through Sight

    June 15–November 25, 2012

    The journey of Himalayan Pilgrimage continues with Liberation Through Sight, which focuses on artwork created as vehicles to enlightenment. Works on view include an exceptionally rare set of seven paintings depicting the lineage of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama (c. 1815), as well as... View

  • Lutz Bacher / MATRIX 242

    July 18–October 7, 2012

    MATRIX 242 presents Bien Hoa (2006–07), an important but rarely seen series that sheds light on the elusive practice of Berkeley-based artist Lutz Bacher. The series juxtaposes enlargements of photographs taken by a soldier in Vietnam, unearthed by the artist at a local salvage... View

  • D-L Alvarez / MATRIX 243

    July 18–October 7, 2012

    D-L Alvarez's first solo museum exhibition explores the aesthetic guises that sometimes mask unspeakable horrors. MATRIX 243 pairs The Closet, a drawing series from 2006–07 based on the 1978 horror film Halloween, with Something to Cry About (I and II) (2007), patchwork bodysuits... View

  • At the Edge: Recent Acquisitions

    July 18–December 23, 2012

    At the Edge features works that have entered the BAMPFA collection over the past two years that convey a sense of reaching-and sometimes crossing-limits of perception and experience. Among the works on view are dreamlike, mystical, and otherworldly visions, as well as images of... View

  • Devotion

    August 24–November 4, 2012

    Devotion brings together works from the collection toexplore the relationship between viewer and image in fourteenth to eighteenth century devotional art from the West. Among the artists included are Rubens, Dürer, Rembrandt, Patinir, and Caracciolo.

  • Barry McGee

    August 24–December 9, 2012

    This first midcareer survey of the globally influential San Francisco–based artist showcases the broad range of Barry McGee's compassionate and vivacious work. Taking over the entire lower level of the museum, the exhibition includes rarely seen early etchings, letterpress... View

  • Points of Departure

    October 3–December 2, 2012
  • Art for Human Rights

    October 31–November 11, 2012

    As part of the new BAMPFA program Art for Human Rights, we feature several works from Fernando Botero's provocative Abu Ghraib series, as well as a sculpture by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and newly acquired photographs by Ruth-Marion Baruch and Pirkle Jones that focus on aspects... View

  • Trimpin: Nancarrow Percussion Orchestra / MATRIX 244

    November 2–December 23, 2012

    Trimpin's Nancarrow Percussion Orchestra celebrates the one-hundredth birthday of the avant-garde composer Conlon Nancarrow (1912–97) with an interactive sculptural sound installation comprising three reconstructed salvaged pianos as well as percussive instruments originally... View

  • Himalayan Pilgrimage: Sacred Space

    December 5–May 26, 2013
  • Silence

    January 30–April 28, 2013

    Inspired by John Cage's groundbreaking composition 4'33", and the centenary of the composer's birth, Silence considers the absence of sound as both subject and medium in modern and contemporary art and film. The exhibition includes work by Joseph Beuys, Stan Brakhage, Giorgio de... View

  • Rudolf de Crignis / MATRIX 245

    January 30–May 5, 2013

    MATRIX 245, Rudolf de Crignis's first solo museum exhibition in the United States, brings together fourteen paintings and a series of graphite works on paper from 1991 to 2006. De Crignis (1948–2006) is best known for radiant abstract works, layered hues of blue that he called "... View

  • Facing Two Directions: A Japanese Painter Looks to China

    January 30–May 19, 2013

    A magnificent pair of screens painted by Sakaki Hyakusen forms the centerpiece of this exhibition. The masterful Hyakusen (1697–1752) was an artist facing two directions: one towards the traditions of China and the other toward the future of Japanese Nanga painting.

  • Anna Halprin / MATRIX 246

    February 15–April 21, 2013

    For MATRIX 246, visionary choreographer Anna Halprin stages the final performances of her groundbreaking 1965 dance, Parades and Changes, and we display scores, photographs, and other documentation of the history of the dance.

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul / MATRIX 247

    February 15–April 21, 2013

    MATRIX 247 presents Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2007 video installation Morakot (Emerald), where ghostly voices share their stories as the camera lingers on dust, light, and memory in the empty rooms and hallways of a defunct Bangkok hotel that once housed Cambodian refugees.

  • Art For Human Rights

    April 1–April 14, 2013

    As part of our ongoing Art for Human Rights program, we display paintings and works on paper from acclaimed Colombian artist Fernando Botero's provocative Abu Ghraib series (2004–06).

  • Nicole Eisenman / MATRIX 248

    May 3–July 14, 2013

    MATRIX 248 showcases the work of New York–based artist Nicole Eisenman, who has been steadfastly expanding dialogues surrounding painting and drawing since the 1990s. Intermixing styles associated with American Regionalism and the Italian Renaissance with German Expressionism,... View

  • Rebar: Kaleidoscape

    May 12, 2013–December 21, 2014

    We invite you to experience Kaleidoscape, an interactive seating sculpture designed by the San Francisco–based firm Rebar. Come rearrange the modular pieces to create a customized environment for study, relaxation, or socializing, or use the sections to create a crystalline... View

  • Hans Hofmann: Rectangles

    May 17–September 1, 2013

    Now closing August 25. Drawn exclusively from BAMPFA's unsurpassed collection of paintings by the tremendously influential Abstract Expressionist artist, Hans Hofmann: Rectangles celebrates the completion of a comprehensive conservation project.

  • Ballet of Heads: The Figure in the Collection

    May 17–August 25, 2013

    Taking as its point of departure the work of Nicole Eisenman, on view in MATRIX 248, Ballet of Heads brings together works from the collection that demonstrate the inexhaustible variety and texture of the human form in art.

  • The 43rd Annual University of California, Berkeley Master of Fine...

    May 17–June 16, 2013

    BAMPFA presents the work of the 2013 M.F.A. graduates of UC Berkeley's Department of Art Practice.

  • Unruly

    June 4–July 14, 2013

    Unruly highlights new acquisitions in which line, form, color, and surface operate in willful and surprising ways. Includes work by Linda Geary, Clare Rojas, Leslie Shows, David Simpson, Leo Valledor, and others.

  • Gazing into Nature: Early Chinese Painting

    June 5–October 20, 2013

    We are delighted to present, for the first time in ten years, a selection of BAMPFA's earliest Chinese paintings. These rare works by twelfth- to fifteenth-century landscape and bird-and-flower painters demonstrate the sophistication and accomplishment of the early Chinese... View

  • Deities, Demons, and Teachers of Tibet, Nepal, and India

    June 26–September 14, 2014

    Joyful and sensual sculptural figures of Indian deities and dancers join radiant images of enlightened beings from Tibet and Nepal in Deities, Demons, and Teachers, which presents a rotating display of works by anonymous Indian, Nepalese, and Tibetan artisans.

  • Thingamajigs: Migrations, Maps & Labyrinths

    July 21–August 16, 2013

    We are pleased to welcome Thingamajigs Performance Group as our first-ever L@TE artists-in-residence. With the help of audiences and local collaborators Thingamajigs investigates the meanings of travel, migrations, maps, and labyrinths in a series of linked performances, talks, a... View

  • Zarouhie Abdalian / MATRIX 249

    August 2–September 29, 2013

    MATRIX 249 showcases the work of Oakland-based artist Zarouhie Abdalian, whose work often responds to the specific attributes of a given location, architectural setting, or social landscape. For this exhibition, the artist has created new sculptures for Gallery A that explore the... View

  • Yang Fudong: Estranged Paradise, Works 1993–2013

    August 21–December 8, 2013

    This first midcareer survey of the work of Yang Fudong presents photographs, films, and video installations by a leading figure in China's contemporary art world and independent cinema movement. Yang reflects the ideals and anxieties of the generation that came of age after the... View