“A jewel of a museum”
Hans Bechtler credited his brother Walter for leading the way to the family’s interest in modern art. In 1950 the brothers began to visit the Kunsthaus museum in Zurich. They frequented local galleries, purchased art and made friends with artists. These early forays into the art world led Hans and his wife Bessie on a journey of almost 70 years in which the couple amassed a collection of incredible depth and diversity. The couple preferred art that revealed the working methods of the artist, and to this end acquired drawings and other preparatory work related to the artists’ total oeuvre. The Bechtler brothers incorporated art into their workplaces and the family passed on the admiration for modern art and respect for the artists to their children. Andreas, the son of Hans and Bessie, grew up around artists and became an artist himself as well as an entrepreneur. Business holdings brought Andreas Bechtler to Charlotte, North Carolina and he chose to make the city his permanent home. After inheriting a portion of his parents' extensive collection, and augmenting it with his own acquisitions, Andreas decided to commit the collection to the city of Charlotte.
This museum is rather small but because of some intriguing features you will find yourself entering it. They have a really nice collection here. The guide is also a very nice person and also knowledgeable of the displays here. There are a number of displays that are from British artists'. This is a very nice place to visit if you are an art lover.
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Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
- Mon, Wed - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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