It's hard not to notice French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle's massive "Firebird" just outside the Bechtler. And on March 18, a new exhibit by its creator comes swooping in. Fifty-five works (paintings, prints and sculptures) by Phalle will be displayed inside the museum, while five large-scale pieces find a home outside along The Green.
Through Oct. 3. $4-$8. Hours vary. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.