About the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Located in the heart of Charlotte’s Center City, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art brims with works by Miró, Giacometti, Calder, Warhol, Tinguely, Klee, Ernst, Hepworth, Le Corbusier, LeWitt and a wealth of other 20th century notables.


The Bechtler juxtaposes whimsy with work of significant intellectual depth and historical significance. Cosmopolitan in nature yet intimate in scale, the museum provides an experience that is inspiring and approachable.


The terra-cotta-tiled building housing the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is one of Charlotte’s most inspired and inspiring spaces. Designed by internationally acclaimed Swiss architect Mario Botta, the museum’s architecture displays a sculptural power that connects to the dynamic art inside it. The Firebird sculpture that graces the museum’s plaza beckons passersby with its mirrored tiles and welcoming gesture.


The previously private collection of the Bechtler family of Zurich, Switzerland was, until now, mostly unseen by an American audience. Accumulated over 70 years, the collection features mid-20th-century modernism along with books, photographs and letters that illustrate the personal relationships the Bechtler family maintained with some of the artists in the collection.