Clearly, the Bechtler Museum’s opening on Saturday is much more than neighborhood news.
But what makes this museum of modern art so exciting for people in central Charlotte is its accessibility. It’s hard to imagine: Works by Picasso, le Corbusier, Miro and more are only four miles away, with easy parking, in a beautiful building that presents the art in proportions that soar without overwhelming. The building also frames intriguing views of South Tryon Street.
The Bechtler has the ability to awe like the great museums of New York. At the same time, it’s easy to set aside an hour or two for a visit.
And it's relatively inexpensive. Adult tickets are $8; students, teachers and senior citizens get in for $6, youth 11 to 18 pay $4, and children 10 and under get in free.
Go visit. For hours, see the Bechtler's website.
More photos from the Bechtler’s opening day at Flickr.
Miriam Durkin on the Bechtler in The Charlotte Observer.
Phillip Larrimore on the Bechtler in Charlotte Viewpoint.
Top photo: Panorama stitched together by friend and photographer Gary O'Brien, who shares panorama techniques at The Panoramist.