With works from some of the most influential artists of the 20th century, presented in an unrivaled space designed by architect Mario Botta, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is a community jewel that has enhanced Charlotte's cultural status on the world stage.
But it is the museum's commitment to making the arts accessible and unintimidating to the community-at-large that separates us from other cultural organizations in our region and identifies us as More than a Museum. The Bechtler has been very intentional in designing outreach programs that benefit the quality of life for citizens typically underserved by the visual arts sector.
While the revenue associated with museum membership provides some support of our innovative educational and community outreach programs highlighted here, the core of our financial support comes from individuals like you who believe in the transformational effect that art brings to our lives.
The core of our financial support comes from individuals like you who believe in the transformational effect that art brings to our lives. Make an investment in the museum through a gift to our Annual Fund and support the development of programs that educate, enliven and entertain every member of our community. You are investing in the future of the Bechtler and a new era of museum engagement in the Charlotte community.
Thank you for your consideration. We hope to see you at the Bechtler soon.
John Boyer - President and CEO
Curt Fochtmann - Chair, Board of Directors
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The Jail Arts Initiative provides hands-on art-making workshops to youthful offenders and adults in the Mecklenburg County Jail System. Through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and other mediums, inmates are encouraged to explore family, self, choices and consequences while incorporating written expression and poetry as they consider how they might be aspiring to others.
In partnership with Metrolina Association for the Blind, the Low to No Vision Program offers tactile tours and hands-on art classes creating a unique experience for individuals with low to no sight. Special tours allow participants to experience the artwork in ways the sighted cannot. Art classes teach accessible techniques which reveal a world of possibilities.
Museum Memories is a program consisting of tours and art classes for those with early-stage dementia and their care partners. Participants are part of meaningful social activities, experiencing tactile and intellectual stimulation. Trained guides provide special gallery tours where artworks are discussed and forgotten memories are recaptured and shared between patient and care partner. Visitors explore modern art in a way that increases their self-esteem and nourishes their relationship with their care partner.
The museum's partnership with InReach, a nonprofit that supports and houses adults with a range of developmental, cognitive and other disabilities provides hands-on art making, museum tours and special exhibitions of the participants' works.
The Bechtler's Artist in Schools program provides creative learning opportunities through an art integrated curriculum that reaches approximately 2,500 students per year from more than 25 schools in Mecklenburg County. Each year, nearly 40% of students attend at-risk and challenge schools.
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Jean Tinguely - Albatros
© 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the celebration and analysis of the strongest aspects of mid- century modernism as reflected in the holdings of the Bechtler collection.
The collection comprises
more than 1,400 works by 20th-century modern artists. Some works are accompanied by books, photographs and letters illustrating personal connections to the Bechtler family.
The Bechtler Family
In 1950, Hans and Bessie Bechtler began acquiring art, purchasing works primarily in France, a modernist hub where many of the artists lived and worked, and Switzerland, where the Bechtlers lived. Over the next four decades, the family built a collection that surveyed the major trends and most influential artists working in Europe over the 20th century.
Many of the artists in the collection were close friends of Hans and Bessie Bechtler and their son Andreas as reflected by the works they made specifically for the Bechtlers.
A resident in Charlotte since 1979, Andreas Bechtler, first moved to Charlotte to lead the American branch of his family’s business. He fell in love with his adopted city and has stayed, with the exception of a brief return to his parents’ home in Zurich during which Hans and Bessie commissioned Andy Warhol to paint the family’s portraits to celebrate Andreas’ and his family’s homecoming.
Andreas, an artist and collector in his own right, has amassed a range of works by visiting artists and regional favorites working in a variety of media and styles.
In 2006, Andreas made arrangements to gift over 1400 works of art from the Bechtler collection, that he inherited, to the city of Charlotte and commissioned the world-renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta, to build the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the only museum dedicated to modern art in the Southeast region.
Charlotte is fondly referred to as the Queen City and is named after Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III of England. It is the largest city in North Carolina and is situated halfway between Raleigh and Atlanta.