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UC Berkeley will now preside over


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the Judah L. Magnes Museum's
nearly unrivaled collections
representing the cultural history
of Jews in the West, according to 20
an agreement announced
Monday.
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Kept under one roof since the
Magnes Museum's founding in
1961, the art and history
collections, around 10,000 items in all,
will be divided among several venues as
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These Torah staffs are part of the collection of
relocation will be known as the Magnes
Berkeley's Magnes Museum, which is joining forces with
UC.
Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the
Bancroft Library. Anticipating popular
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usage, the remade museum will go by "The
GALLERIES
Magnes."
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Alla Efimova, the Magnes' director and chief curator,
06.19.10 will retain her present title and duties in the
Painter Jeff Adams at transformed institution. Those duties include
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"It will be like open, visible storage," Efimova said of Comments (360)

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the collection's future deployment. "There will be a lot more on view at all times than
ever before."

The Bancroft Library will house the Magnes' Western Jewish History Archives: letters,
photographs, diaries and other records of Jewish settlement in the West. Sheet music
and musical manuscripts will go to the Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library. Paintings,
sculpture, prints and ritual objects will find a home in a building the Magnes already
owns at 2121 Allston Way in downtown Berkeley.
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The Magnes' board had the foresight to acquire the downtown building in 1997, with an S.F. in 147 years. Story | Video| Nevius
eye to an eventual move, and has rented it to the university for the past several years.

The Magnes' original quarters, an 8,600-square-foot residential property at 2911


Russell St. in Berkeley, went on the market in late April, listed at $2.75 million.
Proceeds from the sale will go toward renovation of the Allston Way building and the
Magnes' projected annual operating budget of $1 million.

Peter Pfau of Pfau Long Architecture in San Francisco has been commissioned to
convert the Allston Way building, a former printing plant, to museum use at an
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Thanks to museum benefactors, part of the funding is already in place, and a campaign
to raise the remainder will be announced soon.

"The Magnes Museum will become a supporting organization of the Magnes Collection
of Jewish Art and Life at the Bancroft Library," Efimova said.

In 2001, the Magnes Museum and the Jewish Museum San Francisco - now known as
the Contemporary Jewish Museum - entered fraught bargaining for a merger that might
have benefited both institutions, which had found themselves vying for support from
the same donors. After more than a year, negotiations definitively broke down.

In hiring Pfau Long and partnering with UC Berkeley, the Magnes takes a completely
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E-mail Kenneth Baker at kennethbaker@sfchronicle.com.

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