I just completed a tour of Charlotte's new Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.
Thank you to the Arts and Science Council for this treat! And as an arts agent, I also have to give recognition to the Bechtler family for their enthusiastic patronage of artists.
The collection, which includes about 1,400 pieces, includes many of the big names in Modern Art. Only a small part of that large collection is on display at any given time on a 9-month rotation basis. An intimate detail about each piece of art that draws you in even closer and helps to dissipate a foreboding sense formality about the art is where in their living room the Bechtlers displayed the artwork for their own enjoyment. In fact, the set of furniture that the Bechtlers actually owned and used in their home is also on display. It's very easy to imagine the family eating dinner in a pseudo-museum that was their home and the Bechtler Cherubs climbing on top of a large statue of one kind or another.
To see the care an attention that this collection of art receives should be comforting and reassuring to any artist who is in a quagmire of self-doubt. Go to the Bechtler Museum and be inspired. Go to the Bechtler Museum and be energized. Go to the Bechtler Museum and be motivated. Then go straight to your studio and paint your heart out, sculpt your heart out, mold/print/photograph/design/CREATE your heart out.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Arts and Science Council