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

 

 2014
Balthasar Burkhard - in memoriam, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

 2008
Balthasar Burkhard, Reconnaissances 1969-2007, Musées de la ville Strasbourg

 2006
Balthasar Burkhard. Two Mountains, TAM, Tokyo Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

 2004
Balthasar Burkhard. Omnia, Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland
Balthasar Burkhard, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

 2001
Standpunkt 1, Kirchner Museum, Davos, Switzerland
Voyage, Kunstmuseum, Thun, Switzerland
Balthasar Burkhard, Helmhaus, Zürich, Switzerland

 1999
Balthasar Burkhard, Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

 1997
Eloge de l’Ombre, Musée Rath, Genf, Switzerland

 1995
Magasin au foin, Grand-Hornu, Le Consortium, Dijon, France

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

 2014
Über Wasser. Photographie und Malerie von 1800 bis heute, Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg, Germany

 2013
Flowers & Mushrooms, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria
CONCRETE - Fotografie und Architektur, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
VUES DÉN HAUT, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France

 2011-
 2012
Winterwelten, Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, Switzerland
Die Kunst der Entschleunigung, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Von Horizonten – Set 8, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

 2009
Traum und Wirklichkeit, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

 2008
Galerie Tschudi, Glarus, Switzerland

 2006
Villa Jelmini - the complex of respect, Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland

 2005
Nützlich-süss-museal. Das fotografierte Tier, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Höhenluft. Der Berg in der Schweizer Kunst, Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan

 2004
Vagues 2. Hommages et digressions, Musée de Malraux, Le Havre, France
Wolkenbilder, Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, Switzerland

 2003
Mémoires du visible, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

 2002
Wallflowers, Kunsthaus, Zürich, Switzerland

 2001
Trade. Waren, Wege und Werte im Welthandel heute, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland

 2000
Le Désert, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France

 1999
Missing link, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland

 1996
Comme un Oiseau, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France