Modernism + Film | Frei Otto: Spanning the Future

Modernism + Film | Frei Otto: Spanning the Future

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Thursday, February 21 at 6 p.m.


Frei Otto: Spanning the Future is a documentary about the incredible life and work of Frei Otto. As an architect and engineer, he laid the foundation for contemporary lightweight architecture, and his ideas are still awe-inspiring decades after he revealed them. This fact was cemented when he was awarded the 2015 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

In one of the final interviews given before his passing, Frei Otto tells how coming of age in the years surrounding WWII influenced his work in tensile architecture. Along with Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller, Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Richard Neutra, Frei Otto was a visionary. His approach to form finding to solve structural as well as social problems is the foundation for modern architecture. Frei Otto: Spanning the Future takes architecture fans on a journey through a history of architecture that inspires the world of tomorrow.

An introduction to the film will be made by Dr. Lee Gray, Professor of Architectural History in the School of Architecture and Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts + Architecture at the UNC Charlotte. He serves as Interim Dean of the College for the Spring 2019 semester. 


An event reception with a cash-only bar and free light bites begin at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium.


Tickets for this film are no longer on sale.

Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and $5 for students (Student tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone. Must present student ID to claim). Buy tickets online, tickets may also be purchased by phone at 704.353.9200 or at the admissions desk. View the full 2018-'19 Modernism + Film lineup here.

Watch the trailer for Frei Otto: Spanning the Future below.