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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

This collection of art, is made available because the wishes and beliefs of the collectors were…. Art should be shared and viewed. What an amazing gift to the area!

Hans and Bessie Bechtler started collecting art when they were young and living in a two-bedroom apartment in Zurich, Switzerland. Artists flocked to Switzerland after World War II – and the Bechtlers welcomed them with open arms. The couple forged lifelong friendships with many of the artists and collected their works, including Giacometti, Miro, Picasso, Calder, Warhol, and many others.

Today, works in the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at the Levine Center for the Arts in Charlotte are valued in the tens of millions of dollars. The museum, and the art inside, was a gift from their son, Andreas, and his children, to the city.

“The collection is for me like a photo album,” he says. “Over the years, the pages are filled with memories. My sister and I grew up with the artists – they were our mentors, they spiritually influenced us. Sometimes they would just give their work to us – so this is a way of honoring them. That’s why I didn’t want to split up the collection.

“Can you imagine your family album on display in a museum, open to the public? Everyone can see what was in your home? I felt a huge relief to find such a remarkable place for the collection. When you’re handed something so beautiful and valuable, you have a responsibility to take the best care of it that you can muster. I can take heart and walk away with joy.” — Andreas Bechtler

It’s a beautiful and inspiring site, both inside and out.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Bonus: The military and their families receive free admission.

Location:

420 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
704.353.9200
See more at: http://www.bechtler.org/

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