An ambitious mural project by renowned Chinese artist Qiu Zhijie will be the first work that visitors and passersby see at the new UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and opening to the public on January 31, 2016. Part of the inaugural exhibition, Architecture of Life, Qiu’s work will be created on a 60 x 25-foot interior wall facing BAMPFA’s new multipurpose performance space. Visible from Center Street through the large front windows, the Art Wall provides a dramatic setting for a new series of large-scale commissioned projects by leading international artists. Qiu’s mural will be the first in a biannual rotation of projects on the Art Wall. The artist will visit Berkeley in January to paint the mural, the subject of which will be the Chinese literati garden. This theme is especially significant in BAMPFA’s university

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