QUESTIONS

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Who is Bechtler and why is the museum named after this person?
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How do you pronounce Bechtler?
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What will I see at the museum?
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How long does it take to see everything in the museum?
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Will the museum bring in special exhibitions?
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Who designed the museum building?
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What material covers the outside of the museum building?
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Can I visit the museum store and café without paying admission?
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Does the museum rent space for private events?
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Where should I park when visiting the museum?

ANSWERS

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Who is Bechtler and why is the museum named after this person?
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Bechtler is the last name of the Swiss family who formed a substantial modern art collection over a 70-year period in Europe. Andreas Bechtler inherited a portion of the collection from his parents, Hans and Bessie Bechtler, and generously committed it to the city of Charlotte, North Carolina where the artwork can be viewed by the public in the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
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How do you pronounce Bechtler?
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Bechtler is pronounced (Beck-ler).
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What will I see at the museum?
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The Bechtler collection comprises mid-20th-century modern art in various media by leading artists. Some works are accompanied by books, photographs and letters illustrating personal connections to the Bechtler family.
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How long does it take to see everything in the museum?
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Owing to its size and focus, the Bechtler will provide an in-depth arts experience that can be explored in an afternoon but still reward repeated visits.
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Will the museum bring in special exhibitions?
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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art will draw from its deep holdings to assemble exhibitions that reveal the accomplishments of its most celebrated figures as well as those artists who may be less widely known in the United States. Exhibitions of various scope and duration will be augmented periodically through select loans from other institutions.
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Who designed the museum building?
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Internationally acclaimed architect Mario Botta designed the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Botta is considered one of the world’s foremost architects whose career spans a variety of building types. He has accepted only two commissions in the United States: the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
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What material covers the outside of the museum building?
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The museum building is covered in terra cotta tiles. Architect Mario Botta is known for his use of traditional materials. The building reflects his flair for strong, contemporary structures that layer colors, textures and materials.
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Can I visit the museum store and café without paying admission?
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Yes, the museum store and café are open to the public without the requirement of a ticket.
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Does the museum rent space for private events?
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Yes, the Bechtler offers facility rentals of select spaces within the museum. For specifics, contact the museum's events manager at 704.353.9215 or events@bechtler.org.
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Where should I park when visiting the museum?
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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art visitors receive discounted parking at the Levine Center for the Arts parking garage at 550 South Tryon Street below the Duke Energy Center. The visitor entrance is located on West Stonewall Street. Visitors must bring their ticket to the museum admission desk for validation. Daily rates for museum visitors are $1 for the first half hour and $1 for each additional half hour.

MUSEUM HOURS

  • Monday10am - 5pm
  • TuesdayClosed
  • Wednesday10am - 5pm
  • Thursday10am - 5pm
  • Friday10am - 5pm
  • Saturday10am - 5pm
  • Sunday12pm - 5pm

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