Amateur Art History Reports: The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Despite the several times I visited the place,  I realize that I have not properly reviewed the Bechtler Museum.  I shall rectify this now.

The museum itself, despite its dark orange textured exterior (by architect Mario Botas Botta) that stands among the architecture of Charlotte, has your typical white rooms commonly found in a museum.  It also consists of four moderately large rooms with little to no sub-rooms.  They dedicated the first floor to the lobby with some Warhol silk screens of the Bechtler family and the gift shop.  The second floor has art by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle with a small room that plays a movie about reveals how they moved the sculpture to the museum.  The works by both artists show an exercise in contrasts.  Tinguely’s work represents skinny, dull-colored Frankensteins, while Phalle’s have this colorful voluptuousness to them.


The third floor displays the works of Alberto Giacometti and some modern furniture (Bauhaus, I think) CORRECTION: Diego Giacometti did some of them.  In other words, this room represents the theme of family.  Regarding Giacometti, we not only see his iconic sculpture of decayed figures, we also see his tiny Egyptian inspired sculpture.

All in all, this floor shows the artist’s diverse taste when creating work.

However, the last floor holds a variety of artists from the modern and contemporary eras.  Here, you will encounter Max Ernst, Alexander Calder, Ferdinand Leger, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Edouard Degas.  Regarding the Degas painting, he has his own tiny space on this floor (for preservation purposes of course).  In this tiny, hollowed out space, they painted the walls black.  This feels more like an altar more than a display.  Keep in mind, this painting is probably the oldest out of everything shown in the museum.

In short, this museum represents the flower of art that the Bechtler helped grow thanks to their patronage.

*The visual examples of Giacometti’s work I provided did not come from the Bechtler.

ETA: The first correction came from the comment section.  I think I did the second correction myself.

ETA: Also removed a border.


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