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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Charlotte, North Carolina – home to the second largest U.S. banking center, 2017 Quail Hollow-PGA Championship, NFL Carolina Panthers…and now the 2018 VDTA•SDTA Trade Show and Convention – offers a variety of entertainment options from sports outings to food forays and art excursions.
Charlotte's understated splendor makes it a fine getaway for business or pleasure, but a premier destination if you're doing both!
Only 2 blocks away from the Charlotte Convention Center in uptown (what you might call "downtown") stands the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
This gem of a museum first opened its doors to the public on January 2, 2010 and houses over
1400 works of art, many of which had never been seen by the public eye. Much of the collection was held privately by the Bechtler family of Switzerland, whose passion for art was inspired by the Kunsthaus Museum in Zurich. Since the 1950s, the family's art collection has grown through inheritance and acquisition, and it is Andreas Bechtler whose generous patronage brought the collection to Charlotte.
At the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, you will see the works of Giacometti, Picasso, Calder, Warhol, Tinguely, Le Corbusier, and many more. The diversity of works housed in the 4-story museum ranges from metamechanics to mobiles, from print pop art to cubism, and more! The assemblage can be leisurely viewed in a single afternoon but invites return for more admiring, imagining, and speculation.
The museum building itself rises as a work of art in Charlotte. Designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, it presents a "sculptural power that connects to its dynamic art inside (www.bechtler.org)." The terra cotta exterior, appropriately out-of-place with its neighboring skycrapers, welcomes visitors with its earthy, contented feel. Through the inside, a glass atrium unfurls natural light and opens the space for ideal viewing.
Admission rates are $8 Adult, $6 Senior, $4 Youth (10 and under free), and no cost for Military personnel and their families. The museum is open to unguided exploration, though docent-led tours are available and run 45-60 minutes.
For more information, visit www.bechtler.org.
Reprinted from Floor Care & Central Vac Professional & SQE Professional, May 2017