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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

See works by Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti and many more 20th-century European, American and British artists in this downtown Charlotte museum.

Peruse an impressive collection of modern artworks at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Some of the 20th century’s most influential artists, including Swiss painter and sculptor Jean Tinguely, feature in the permanent collection. Take a guided tour to learn about the Bechtler family and admire wonderful works in the museum’s collection and alternating exhibits.

The museum has striking architecture. As you enter the public courtyard, notice the peculiar cube-shaped design. Swiss architect Mario Botta, regarded for his minimalist style, is the designer. The four-story structure features a terra-cotta exterior, a glass atrium and a vaulted skylight system. Located in downtown Charlotte, the building showcases the area’s rapid urban development.

Inside the museum, see outstanding artworks by 20th-century modernist artists. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art focuses on the tastes of the Bechtler family, a long line of art collectors from Zurich, Switzerland. The family developed friendships with many of the artists whose work they collected. Study pieces from the School of Paris post-World War II era, a major focus of the museum.

Highlights include Archétypes by Italian painter Italo Valenti and Albatros by Jean Tinguely. Influential Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and American painter and printmaker Jasper Johns have works here. The museum also hosts special exhibits on modernist artists and monthly jazz performances.

Learn about the Bechtler family history on a guided tour. Hans and Bessie Bechtler had a passion for art collecting and supporting the emerging artists of their time. Their son, Andreas Bechtler, a Swiss-born art collector, entrepreneur, artist and musician, contributed more than 1,400 works by some of the 20th-century’s greatest modernist artists.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is open Wednesday through Monday. There is metered parking next to the museum. Admission costs are reduced for children. Shop at the museum store for art supplies, books, posters, jewelry and gifts.

With exceptional artworks and comprehensive tours, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a great way to learn about 20th-century modernism and the Bechtler family history. Look for the beautiful and fascinating mirrored Firebird sculpture by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle outside the museum.


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132 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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    Hilton Charlotte Center City

    222 E 3rd St, Charlotte, NC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Charlotte Center City, this family-friendly Charlotte hotel is within a 5-minute walk of EpiCentre and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. NASCAR Hall of Fame and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture are also within 10 minutes. 3rd St - Convention Center Station is only a 2-minute walk and Charlotte Transportation Center Station is 5 minutes.

      Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel $135
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        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Aloft Charlotte Uptown at the EpiCentre

        210 E Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Charlotte Center City, this hotel is steps from EpiCentre, Spectrum Center, and Bank of America Corporate Center. Charlotte Convention Center and Discovery Place are also within 10 minutes. Charlotte Transportation Center Station is only a 2-minute walk and 3rd St - Convention Center Station is 5 minutes.

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            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown $103
            Hyatt Place Charlotte Downtown

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            222 South Caldwell Street, Charlotte, NC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              HYATT house Charlotte/Center City $124
              HYATT house Charlotte/Center City

              HYATT house Charlotte/Center City

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                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                The Ivey's Hotel

                127 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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