Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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This is a brand-new art museum in center city Charlotte, N.C. I found the museum to be interesting, but with significant limitations for serious lovers of modern art.
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  • stpingr
    Grand Rapids, Michigan12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Watch the video!
    As described by others, the number of exhibits is limited, but it includes several art pieces from Picasso, Miro, Niki de Saint Phalle etc. Interesting were the drawings from different artists, who created small sketches for the 60th birthday of Hans Bechtler. The highlight was the film, which was created by artist Yasumasa Morimura. He stars as eleven artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Dan P
    Blue Ridge, Georgia2 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointing.
    Our visit to the Bechtler on 9/23/2023 was very disappointing. They had three small exhibits in three rooms, two of which were a real yawn. The last was merely ok. If the Bechtler is going to survive as a museum they are going to have to do much better. Overall, the impression we left with was that the Bechtler seems to be a large, fancy building with very little in it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • heatonflab
    Marple, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quality not quantity matters. Very much worth a visit.
    We loved this museum. Yes, it is small, but we thought all the better for it, with fascinatingly curated exhibits. If you want to see a broader spectrum of art, go to the Mint. When we visited the museum had a special exhibition called “Flora” which was a brilliant reawakening of the life of Flora Mayo an otherwise forgotten American artist who played an important part in the life of the sculptor Giacometti in Paris in the mid 20th century. The storytelling was poignant and made our group reflect on the ephemeral nature of status, connections and family. One thing I particularly praise the museum for is that it dealt with exhibits containing social issues without the hectoring or ‘right think’ extremism that one often now expects in the arts. That was a refreshing change and much more likely to make all visitors engage.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 January 2024
  • oliver
    Charlotte, North Carolina248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum has different exhibits from around the world.
    The betchtler meuseum of modern art is an amazing meuseum downtown featuring changing exhibits from around the world. The tickets to see the meuseum are on,y about $10 dollars. When I went there were Andy Warhols and NFTs which were both amazing.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 February 2024
  • MEHEL3
    Fayetteville, North Carolina1,287 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Works
    Our visit was 17 February 2024 after my Hot Chocolate 5K Run. Although sunny outside it was breezy and cold. We went to this museum, which was good. Some unique works, with 4 floors, stairs & elevator. Staff were helpful, polite, and pleasant. Spent about 45 minutes and loved the big mirror statue outside. Something different.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 March 2024
  • Scott G
    Washington DC, District of Columbia448 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well done and relatable
    Popular museum. The lay out is conducive to various exhibits: well designed architecturally. Enjoyable exhibits. Peaceful atmosphere. I felt like the museum really wanted to me to enjoy seeing the art.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 May 2024
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Scott G
Washington DC, DC448 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Popular museum. The lay out is conducive to various exhibits: well designed architecturally. Enjoyable exhibits. Peaceful atmosphere. I felt like the museum really wanted to me to enjoy seeing the art.
Written 29 May 2024
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MEHEL3
Fayetteville, NC1,287 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Our visit was 17 February 2024 after my Hot Chocolate 5K Run. Although sunny outside it was breezy and cold. We went to this museum, which was good. Some unique works, with 4 floors, stairs & elevator. Staff were helpful, polite, and pleasant. Spent about 45 minutes and loved the big mirror statue outside. Something different.
Written 17 March 2024
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oliver
Charlotte, NC248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The betchtler meuseum of modern art is an amazing meuseum downtown featuring changing exhibits from around the world. The tickets to see the meuseum are on,y about $10 dollars. When I went there were Andy Warhols and NFTs which were both amazing.
Written 25 February 2024
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running_addict
Greensboro, NC58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Yes, this is a small museum, but as Lockie H. and Heatonflab said in their reviews, with the quality and thoughtfulness of the works exhibited, that's actually a plus. I went during a weekday, so it wasn't crowded, and I really enjoyed spending more time than is usually possible in a larger museum.
The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. They just opened three traveling exhibits, all of which were really good. Icelandic artist Hildur Jonsson stole the show with some amazing painted weavings and watercolors. I was advised that displays taken from their large permanent collection are changed about every four months. So you'll get a different experience throughout the year. Bottom line, if you love modern art, I can't see how you wouldn't love this museum. If you don't love modern art, you might feel more warmly towards it after a visit. And if you hate modern art, best to go elsewhere.
Written 21 February 2024
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heatonflab
Marple, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We loved this museum. Yes, it is small, but we thought all the better for it, with fascinatingly curated exhibits.

If you want to see a broader spectrum of art, go to the Mint.

When we visited the museum had a special exhibition called “Flora” which was a brilliant reawakening of the life of Flora Mayo an otherwise forgotten American artist who played an important part in the life of the sculptor Giacometti in Paris in the mid 20th century. The storytelling was poignant and made our group reflect on the ephemeral nature of status, connections and family.

One thing I particularly praise the museum for is that it dealt with exhibits containing social issues without the hectoring or ‘right think’ extremism that one often now expects in the arts. That was a refreshing change and much more likely to make all visitors engage.
Written 13 January 2024
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Dan P
Blue Ridge, GA2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Our visit to the Bechtler on 9/23/2023 was very disappointing. They had three small exhibits in three rooms, two of which were a real yawn. The last was merely ok. If the Bechtler is going to survive as a museum they are going to have to do much better. Overall, the impression we left with was that the Bechtler seems to be a large, fancy building with very little in it.
Written 25 September 2023
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stpingr
Grand Rapids, MI12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
As described by others, the number of exhibits is limited, but it includes several art pieces from Picasso, Miro, Niki de Saint Phalle etc.
Interesting were the drawings from different artists, who created small sketches for the 60th birthday of Hans Bechtler.

The highlight was the film, which was created by artist Yasumasa Morimura. He stars as eleven artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Andy Warhol.
Written 19 August 2023
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Lockie H
Asheville, NC1,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I read some of the reviews that say that this museum is too small, but honestly, it feels like this is a perfect two hours spent. The collection is lovingly curated, and the pieces are thoughtful and work together thematically.

Was this the largest collection of modern art I’ve ever seen? Of course not. But this boutique experience felt just right.
First, the building is lovely. It’s modern, but not overwhelmingly large.
The entire collection can be viewed thoughtfully in about two hours.

We used to live in Boston and frequented larger museums. There is a lot to be said for big museums with signature pieces, but this reminded me so much more of museums like the Isabella Stewart Gardner where the collection felt intimate. And similar to the Gardner (where you can see her personality through the work she collected, and her relationships with artists such as Sargent), you can see the personality of the Bechtlers and their relationships with their artists in this collection.

I often feel that I don’t have the opportunity to read every placard and really examine each piece of art and have a conversation about the works with my companion, without feeling like I have left a lot of exhibits unseen. Here, I could take my time with each of the the pieces and fully feel like I was able to experience each piece and give it enough thoughtful attention.

I also really felt like I knew the collectors behind this museum, especially with the birthday book, which I will note more on below, and the recreation of their living room, which was a really fun concept!

Certainly some of the other larger museums hang their reputation on a signature piece or two, where this felt like we had a really wonderful representation of several pieces, and again, you could see the Curation at work.

Pieces that are not to be missed:
1. please do not skip the little outdoor balcony that has the statue of the woman grasshopper, because behind it is an audio recording from Louise Lawler that is brilliant.
The audio recording does not play continually, so you need to wait for it to play, but it was worth hanging out and viewing other pieces until it was time for it to play. The feminist take on the bird calls and cat calling was brilliant and really quite funny.

2. I am also a huge Picasso fan, and, although I’ve seen a lot of his original artwork throughout the world, I cannot ever remember seeing this many of his tapestries. I think this collection had three tapestries, large format, what a treat!

3. Another treat was the “birthday book”. Apparently for the 60th birthday of Hans Bechtler, several artists that he knew intimately created a page in a book for him; many of these on display with another example of either the paintings or drawings or sculpture of the artist. It’s really quite wonderful to see.

4. Video installation by Yasumsa Morimura is wonderful. As he interprets several different artists, and don’t miss the ending where he is representing himself.

5. The Romeo and Juliet puzzle and accompanying video is really fabulous as well. All of the sculptures in that room are really beautifully curated and many of them are whimsical, such as “belly button“.

I found the entire collection and experience to have a whimsical nature, from the bird calls to some of the sculptures, while also having some more serious notes, such as the Giacometti drawings. But overall, I think the sense of humor that pervades this museum was really appealing to me. A lovely boutique experience!
Written 11 July 2023
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA2,098 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
The Bechtler Museum has modern and contemporary art. A few interesting pieces by Picasso, Klee, Moro and Giacometti, and a “puzzle” sculpture are highlights of the permanent collection. But although the Museum has 4 levels, there’s only one full gallery level. Two other levels have only a handful of pieces and there’s little in the lobby level. It’s hard to spend even an hour here, although the low $9 admission is appropriate for the limited collection on display.
Written 29 May 2023
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Adriana M
Syracuse, NY168 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I love that this Museum isn't huge and it is easy to see everything. There are several pieces that make the visit worthwhile including the Picasso Tapestries.
Written 16 May 2023
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