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October 2013

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte Offers Look at Its Collection

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC, is presenting Modernism in Changing Times: Works from 1968 today, on view through Jan. 24, 2014.

The exhibition presents 101works from the Bechtler’s permanent collection that were created in 1968 and surrounding years. On view for the first time in the museum are works by Hockney, Picasso, Calder, Chagall, Chadwick and other artists.

“We are once again dipping into the collection from a purely chronological perspective and have selected a point in time – 1968 – that represents a period of exceptionally successful collecting on the part of the Bechtler family,” said Bechtler President and CEO John Boyer.

With this exhibition, the Bechtler is able to illustrate the breadth of the contemporary art world in 1968 from Pop art with Warhol and Lichtenstein to Realism, figural art and landscape with Hockney, Chagall and Gladwell. The 101 works in sculpture, painting, prints, artist books and textiles represent some of the leading art movements of the 1960s including Post-Painterly Abstraction, Op art, kinetic art and Concrete art.

Figurative works are a predominant theme. More than 50 pieces in the show illustrate references to the real world and particularly to the human figure. Of special interest in the exhibition are artworks related to literature. Woodcut prints by Max Gubler are based on the Ernest Hemingway novel The Old Man and the Sea and linocuts by Hansjürg Brunner are based on the 19th century novella The Black Spider.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Bechtler will present a series of related programs, call the Museum for further info.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures in modernism. The museum is located at Levine Center for the Arts, in Uptown Charlotte.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings or visit (www.bechtler.org).

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