Bechtler Museum

Sarah Delia

What do you get when a jail and a museum partner together? In the case of this story the answer is…an art class. The Bechtler Museum has been working to bring art and the museum world into an unlikely classroom: Jail North. WFAE’s Sarah Delia recently spent the day in class and has this story.

Bechtler Exhibit Features Matisse Art Books

Mar 10, 2015
(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. 

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. 

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.

1968 On Display At Bechtler

Nov 7, 2013

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. 

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

Jul 12, 2013
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."

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.

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.

Firebird Patrol

Sep 4, 2012
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.