Big Show Coming to the Bechtler in Spring

You heard it here first! Unless, of course, you happen to have seen the Charlotte Observer story on “Niki de Saint Phalle: Creation of a New Mythology,” the upcoming exhibition at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

The Bechtler is already home to a fine collection of works by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, including Niki’s popular Firebird (a.k.a. Le grand oiseau de feu sur l’arche), now on permanent public display in front of the museum.

“Soon,” notes writer Richard Maschal, “it will have company. From March through October, five large sculptures by the French-born artist will fill The Green, the park across from the Bechtler. Most prominent among them: La Cabeza, a representation of a skull in green, yellow and red that weighs six tons and is large enough for people to crawl inside.”

For the show (“the largest outdoor sculpture exhibit the city has seen,” says Maschal), the Bechtler also will show about 60 additional works in its fourth-floor gallery. Watch this space (and read Maschal’s story) for more about this exciting exhibition.

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