Pont Fiat-Beirut, 2006

Pont Fiat, 2006, 66 x 177cm

Swiss artist. Born 1944 in Bern Switzerland; died 2010 in Bern.
Balthasar Burkhard was a Swiss photographer who worked primarily in black and white photography. He printed his own silverprints himself, often in huge dimensions, and framed his images in iron frames behind glass.
He is internationally recognized as an important minimalist artist, with works in several international museums and public collections.
He often worked in cycles. His cityscapes, landscapes or deserts are mostly taken from the bird's-eye-view perspective: photographed from helicopters or atop skyscrapers. His photographs of megacities such as Tokyo, Mexico City and Chicago are juxtaposed against expansive sandy desert scenes.
In the new cycle "Rio Negro", Balthasar Burkhard worked in the rain forests of the Amazon. In this series, his lens captured details from nature which a naked human eye cannot see.


Selected Solo Exhibitions


Balthasar Burkhard - in memoriam, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Balthasar Burkhard, Reconnaissances 1969-2007, Musées de la ville Strasbourg

Balthasar Burkhard. Two Mountains, TAM, Tokyo Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Balthasar Burkhard. Omnia, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
Balthasar Burkhard, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

Standpunkt 1, Kirchner Museum, Davos, Switzerland
Voyage, Kunstmuseum, Thun, Switzerland
Balthasar Burkhard, Helmhaus, Zürich, Switzerland

Balthasar Burkhard, Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

Eloge de l’Ombre, Musée Rath, Genf, Switzerland

Magasin au foin, Grand-Hornu, Le Consortium, Dijon, France


Selected Group Exhibitions


Über Wasser. Photographie und Malerie von 1800 bis heute, Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg, Germany

Flowers & Mushrooms, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria
CONCRETE - Fotografie und Architektur, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
VUES DÉN HAUT, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France

Winterwelten, Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, Switzerland
Die Kunst der Entschleunigung, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Von Horizonten – Set 8, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Traum und Wirklichkeit, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

Galerie Tschudi, Glarus, Switzerland

Villa Jelmini - the complex of respect, Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland

Nützlich-süss-museal. Das fotografierte Tier, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Höhenluft. Der Berg in der Schweizer Kunst, Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan

Vagues 2. Hommages et digressions, Musée de Malraux, Le Havre, France
Wolkenbilder, Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, Switzerland

Mémoires du visible, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

Wallflowers, Kunsthaus, Zürich, Switzerland

Trade. Waren, Wege und Werte im Welthandel heute, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland

Le Désert, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France

Missing link, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland

Comme un Oiseau, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France