Bechtler Museum

Local News
3:46 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Bechtler Exhibit Features Matisse Art Books

"Le cow-boy" (The Cowboy), plate XIV of XX from "Jazz" by Henri Matisse, 1947.
Credit (c) 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has a new exhibit of art books by Henri Matisse. The French artist created a number of these books in the latter part of his life in the 1930s and 1940s. Bechtler Museum President and CEO John Boyer gave WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen a tour. 

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4:43 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

The Bechtler Muesum Of Modern Art Recieves $350,000 Grant

Bechtler President and CEO John Boyer.
Credit The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Good news came in the form of grant money to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Wednesday. The museum has received the largest grant from a corporate donor in its five-year history. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Architecture And Urban Design In Charlotte

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta.

Charlotte often gets a bad rap for its lack of good architecture around the city, but there are newer structures cropping up that are starting to turn that feeling around. The Bechtler Museum building is one of those new, innovatively designed buildings, which opened back in 2010. The building is only the second public building in the country designed by renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta. Today, the Bechtler opens an exhibition of Botta’s work around the world, and so we’ll talk about urban design and iconic buildings worldwide and in Charlotte, and what architecture can do to shape the texture of a city.

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5:12 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

1968 On Display At Bechtler

Since August, the Bechtler Museum uptown has had the exhibition Modernism in Changing Times: Works From 1968.  In the collection, 1968 represents a blend of media, objective, style, nationality and scale.  101 works of sculpture, paintings, prints, artist books and textiles are featured.  It touches on some of the major art movements of 1968. 

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Arts Funding Troubles, part 2: What It Will Take To Survive

The Mint Museum and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opened in 2010 as part of the Levine Cultural Campus.
Briana Duggan

Charlotte's arts funding landscape is grim.

The Arts and Science Council was created decades ago to be the primary fundraiser for Charlotte's cultural sector. But it is no longer the money-raising powerhouse it once was. Cultural institutions that rely on the ASC, are struggling to pay their bills. And that new museum complex Uptown is in the middle of what arts leaders call a "perfect storm."

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Arts & Life
12:29 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Bechtler Exhibit Examines Art Through Artists' Relationships

Above: Alexander Calder, Glacier with Coloured Petals, Wool on linen and cotton, 1971 Below: Joan Miró Danseuse Espagnole (Spanish Dancer), Wool and cotton, ca. 1962
Briana Duggan

Warhol and Basquiat, Monet and Renoir ; Some of history’s greatest artists were also great friends.

A new exhibit at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art looks into some of modern art’s greatest relationships, using its collection as inspiration. On display until July 29, the exhibit pairs together art by lovers, mentors, and friends as a way to see how these relationships may be reflected in the art.

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Local News
8:32 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Giacometti, Target Of Con Artists, On Display At Bechtler

Alberto Giacometti, Femme Assise, 1956, bronze, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Licensed by VAGA and ARS, New York, NY
Alberto and Annette Giacometti Foundation

The most expensive sculpture ever sold at auction was by a Swiss artist named Alberto Giacometti. It went for $104 million in 2010 - and because Giacometti's work has become so valuable, it's now a top target for counterfeiters. Charlotte has its own small claim to the artist - the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art houses a distinctive collection of Giacometti work now on display.

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DNC 2012
4:22 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Firebird Patrol

Cathie Burns, the collections management assistant at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, stands with the Firebird.
Tanner Latham

One of the most popular Uptown photo ops during the DNC will be the Firebird, the tall, mirrored glass sculpture standing outside the Bechtler Museum. 

That kind of publicity is priceless, but the museum knows the exposure could also attract vandals. And it has taken measures to try to prevent that.

Cathie Burns is the collections management assistant at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. She’s got her normal day-to-day tasks…

“Taking light levels and humidity levels in the galleries, pest management, temperature, things like that,” she says. 

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