This exhibition at the Botanique gathers a large selection of works retracing the Swiss artist and photographer’s career. Staged in non-
Born in Bern in 1944, Balthasar Burkhard studied photography under filmmaker and photographer Kurt Blum (1922-
In particular, two characteristics of his photographic technique are eye-
Exhibition November 28, 2019 -
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© Balthasar Burkhard, Rio Negro
© Balthasar Burkhard
The 1980s mark the establishment of Burkhard’s formal parameters, as well as his recognition in the international art scene. One of his emblematic collections, which was dedicated to fragments of the body, appeared during this period. At the end of the 1980s, he started going on long photographic trips, Japan being his first destination. During the next decade, the artist used his lens to uncover the large landscapes of Madrid, London, Naples, Paris, Mexico City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Tokyo. In 2000, he travelled to the desert in Namibia. Depicting a true contrast to his urban scenes, his desert landscapes not only portray his curiosity for detail but also his interest in topography. Burkhard’s eye follows every curve on the ground, to capture both the depth and transparency of the sky.
© Balthasar Burkhard, Aile de faucon
Although parsimoniously present in some of his photogravures, colour takes on a greater role in his last collection, Flowers, in 2009. In the same vein as his photographs of animals started in 1997, his flowers on a black background surpass simple photographic interest and rather suggest a botanist’s catalogue. These wilting flowers retain a striking pictorial quality.