Saturday, January 2, 2010

Bechtler Museum Opening Today

What: The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opens its doors to the public for the first time on January 2, 2010 at noon and will offer free admission all day. Preceding a short ribbon cutting ceremony, remarks will be given at 11:40a by:
  • John Boyer, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art President and CEO
  • Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx
  • Mecklenburg County Commission Chairman Jennifer Roberts
  • Andreas Bechtler, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Patron
  • Scott Provancher, Arts & Science Council President
  • Cyndee Patterson, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Board Chair

When: January 2, 2010. Remarks begin at 11:40a. Ribbon cutting at noon. Museum closes at 5p.

Where: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC

About the Museum: The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler, a Charlotte resident and native of Switzerland who assembled and inherited a collection of more than 1,400 artworks created by major figures of 20th-century modernism and donated it to the public trust.
The Bechtler collection comprises artworks by seminal figures such as Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miro, Jean Tinguely, Max Ernst, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Le Corbusier, Sol LeWitt, Edgar Degas, Nicolas de Stael, Barbara Hepworth and Picasso. Only a handful of the artworks in the Bechtler collection have been on public view in the United States. Until now, the collection was privately held by the Bechtler family of Switzerland and has since been committed to the city of Charlotte.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is located at 420 South Tryon Street in Charlotte, North Carolina. Regular operating hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10a-5p; Sunday 12p-5p; closed Tuesdays. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for seniors, college students and educators; $4 for youth (11 to 14) and free for children (up to 10). For museum details visit www.bechtler.org.