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 mainly worked 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 is captured from nature.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2018
Balthasar Burkhard, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

2017
Balthasar Burkhard, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

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

2008
Balthasar Burkhard, Reconnaissances 1969-2007 , Musée 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
Viewpoint 1 , Kirchner Museum, Davos, Switzerland
Voyage , Kunstmuseum, Thun, Switzerland
Balthasar Burkhard , Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland

1999
Balthasar Burkhard , Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France

1997
Eloge de l'Ombre , Musée Rath, Geneva, Switzerland

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

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2014
Over water. Photograph and painting from 1800 until today , Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg, Germany

2013
Flowers & Mushrooms , Museum of Modern
Art Salzburg, Austria CONCRETE - Photography and Architecture , Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
VUES DÉN HAUT , Center Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France

2011-
 2012
Winterwelten , Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, Switzerland
The Art of Deceleration , Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Von Horizonten - Set 8 , Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

2009
Dream and Reality , Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland

2008
Gallery Tschudi, Glarus, Switzerland

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

2005
Useful-sweet-museum. The photographed animal , Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Höhenluft. The Mountain in Swiss Art , 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, Zurich, Switzerland

2001
Trade. Goods, ways and values in world trade today , Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland

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

1999
Missing link , Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland

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