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.
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