Master of Geometric Precision, Swiss Architect Mario Botta’s work on Exhibit in Charlotte


An exhibition spanning the career of internationally acclaimed Swiss architect Mario Botta shown at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, NC. PHOTO CREDIT: Bechtler Museum

Mario Botta´s work can be found at various places in his home canton of Ticino in Switzerland. But Botta has become one of the most prominent architects internationally, following in the modernist footsteps of another prominent Swiss name in architecture, Le Corbusier.

Throughout the world, Botta has designed churches, libraries, theaters and museums, two of which are located in the U.S. the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Bechtler will present a special exhibition of Botta´s work from January 31 through July 25, 2014.

Located in the heart of city center in Charlotte, the Bechtler is home to the collection of the Swiss Bechtler family. The collection comprises artworks by seminal figures such as Miró, Giacometti, Picasso, Calder, Hepworth, Nicholson, Warhol, Tinguely, Ernst, Le Corbusier, Chillida and others. The impetus for the museum came from the industrialist Andreas Bechtler, who moved to Charlotte in the 1970s and, with his sister, inherited his parents´ art collection, including important mid-twentieth-century modern art. Since he wanted to make the collection accessible to the public, Bechtler donated close to 1,400 pieces to the city of Charlotte.

The city of Charlotte and Wachovia/Wells Fargo subsequently built this jewel box of a museum. Botta was an ideal choice to design it. Botta is known for incorporating natural light into his buildings, providing welcoming conditions for museum visitors. The museum is a terra-cotta covered, four-story structure with a soaring glass atrium that extends through the museum´s core and diffuses natural light throughout much of the building.

The exhibition runs January 31, 2014 through July 25, 2014.

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