Balthasar Burkhard

October 20, 2017 – January 14, 2018

The work of Swiss artist Balthasar Burkhard (1944–2010) reflects the artistic self-invention of a photographer and, further, the trajectory of the medium of photography in the art of the latter half of the 20th-century. His works coalesce the experience of conceiving the body as a sculpture and seeing the photographic image as a canvas. Burkhard is thus one of the first to translate photography as a monumental “tableau” into contemporary art. The retrospective takes up the diverse threads of his work: Burkhard’s beginnings as a photojournalist, his role as a chronicler of the contemporary art of his time, and his emancipation as a photo artist.

A cooperation of the Museum Folkwang, the Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Fotostiftung Schweiz and the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana

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Balthasar Burkhard
Mexico City, 1999
© Estate Balthasar Burkhard