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“Uptown Jewel”

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2014

The Bechtler is a smaller jewel of a museum located in Uptown Charlotte. As its name implies, the focus here is modern art, specifically mid-20th Century. Think names like Picasso, Calder, Tinguely, LeCorbusier plus many more. The post World War II School of Paris theme/style is particularly strong here. The collection here is largely that of the Bechtler family, which gives some insight as to the nature of one or more collectors, why they collect, what they collect, & the many relationships surrounding this endeavor.

My wife & I spent a couple of hours here to see the Mario Botta exhibit. Botta, a world renown architect, designed the Bechtler Museum building. The exhibit was presented in three basic sections, first being about the architect. The next section presented several of his designs in black & white photos, along
with wood models, cut away in one section to reveal portions of the interiors. The final section titled 'Encounters' is a visual presentation of work by artists of differing media who were influential in one way or another to Botta, many being close friends. You can begin to see some early shapes & forms that will eventually become part of the building design.

This is one of only two of his designs built in the United States, making the building a destination in its own right as being of architectural interest. Note the cantilevered fourth floor exhibition space & soaring glass atrium. It is located in the Levine Center for the Arts cultural district. In addition to art exhibitions, the museum presents live jazz, moderism & film, guest lecturers, family days and is physically connected to the Knight Theater.

Thank Don D
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Reviewed 6 April 2014 via mobile

Visited with a group of English teenagers all fairly interested in art. The art was modern and very accessible even for those of their age. There were some pieces by famous artists, in particular Andy Warhol. We all liked the Lichtenstein tapestry in particular and the black spider. The building itself is striking and the sculpture outside made for a nice photo op. The cafe was pretty good too. It had a nice, pretty healthy selection. The kids enjoyed the gallery and the food and also had a browse in the shop which had some nice postcards an other arty things.

Thank 11all04
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

If you enjoy Mario Botta's work and you can't travel to Turkey, Italy, Israel or France to see his creations, this exhibit is a cheaper alternative. For a mere $8 you can see dozens of his detailed models along with photos of his work. Even if you don't know Botta you'll recognize something here (ever heard of the Shroud of Turin?) as well as in the other modern art in this compact but voluminous museum. Don't miss the Warhol on the ground floor.

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Reviewed 23 March 2014

The focus of the exhibits at this time are on the Swiss architect Botta who designed the building and that was extremely interesting as I had no previous knowledge of his portfolio of work globally. Starting with the artists who inspired him during his lifetime and then by the mock-ups, drawings and photographs of his previous projects from cathedrals to libraries, to museums and even to Noah's Ark in the Jerusalem Zoo, I really appreciated this learning experience. No doubt, the modern art exhibits that will follow in time will be a wonderful complement to the art exhibits at the Mint Museum next door. There is a discount if you visit both. ENJOY BOTH!!

1  Thank Lois C
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

This museum is really new. It takes a while. The installation outside and the commercial they were filming are the parts I remember now. The gift shop wasn't interesting.
This sounds mean, but the best part was that the admission badge qualifies for a discount at the Mint, next door.

There's a place to hang your coat.

The staff was very friendly. They are committed to contemporary art, and I'm sure that the museum will improve rapidly. I have my nerve - I'm from Ohio. It's better than what we generally offer.

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