Upcoming exhibition

Balthasar Burkhard – Retrospective


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.

The joint exhibition of Fotomuseum Winterthur and Fotostiftung Schweiz was developed in cooperation with Museum Folkwang and the Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana.

Balthasar Burkhard, Mexico City (Vulkan), 1999
© Estate Balthasar Burkhard, 2017