Balthasar Burkhard

  • Balthasar Burkhard
  • Work

Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg, 2014
Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg, 2014

Balthasar Burkhard (b. 1944, Bern, Switzerland; d. 2010, Bern, Switzerland) was a Swiss photographer who mainly worked in black and white photography. He printed his own silver prints 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 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
2011 Balthasar Burkhard:voici des fruits, des fleurs, des feuilles et des branches, Musée des Arts Contemporains de la Communauté francaise de Belguiqe, Grand Hornu, Belgum
2008 Balthasar Burkhard, Reconnaissances 1969-2007, Musée de la ville Strasbourg
2007 Songlines. Balthasar Burkhard, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland
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 
Die Schwerkaraft der Berge, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Krems, Austria
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

Flowers & Mushrooms , Museum of Modern Art Salzburg, Austria

CONCRETE - Photography and Architecture, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
VUES DÉN HAUT, Center Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France

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