Bernina, 2003.


Balthasar Burkhard

Kunstmuseum Bern
Hodlerstrasse 12
June 11–October 24, 2004

Curated by Matthias Frehner and Anette Schaffer

Balthasar Burkhard is one of Switzerland’s best-kept secrets, the creator of black-and-white landscape photographs ranging from mountain panoramas to forests reflected in rivers. Although characterized by an attention to detail and technical perfection, Burkhard’s work moves beyond the depiction of reality to both analyze the possibilities of photography and bring the grandeur of the visible world into the private sphere of the viewer. Various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre have recently been the subject of surveys, but this is his first retrospective. The curators thematically arrange well over one hundred photographs taken since the late ’60s, including works not previously exhibited.