Welcome to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art which opened its doors to the public on January 2, 2010.
The Bechtler is a jewel of a museum, only the second in this country designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta. It is intimate in scale, delightfully arresting in its spaces and vistas and simple and elegant in its materials.
The collection presented includes works by the most important and influential artists of the mid 20th century including Miró, Giacometti, Picasso, Calder, Hepworth, Nicholson, Warhol, Tinguely, Ernst, Le Corbusier, Chillida and many others. Only a handful of these wonderful artworks have been on public view in the United States. Until now, the collection was privately held by the Bechtler family of Switzerland.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art would not exist without the extraordinary generosity of art patron Andreas Bechtler. Inspired by his parents, Andreas made his remarkable collection (amassed by the Bechtler family over 70 years) available for all to engage – whether for solace and reflection, inspiration and surprise or for challenge and self-discovery. These works and their many stories will reward any number of visits to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. It’s my hope that visitors will come to form their own relationship with this remarkable art and the influential artists who created it.
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art seeks to add significantly to the cultural landscape through exhibitions and programs that celebrate and explore the Bechtler collection of 20th-century modern art as well as the personal materials related to the collection that illuminate the unique role of the Bechtler family as patrons of the period’s most innovative and influential artists.
Jean Tinguely - Albatros
© 2009 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the celebration and analysis of the strongest aspects of mid- century modernism as reflected in the holdings of the Bechtler collection.
The collection comprises
more than 1,400 works by 20th-century modern artists. Some works are accompanied by books, photographs and letters illustrating personal connections to the Bechtler family.