Galerie Sfeir-Semler

Balthasar Burkhard: in memoriam

Balthasar Burkhard: in memoriam

landscape by balthasar burkhard

Balthasar Burkhard

Landscape, 2008

germany - beirut by balthasar burkhard

Balthasar Burkhard

Germany - Beirut, 2006

flower 06 (phlox) by balthasar burkhard

Balthasar Burkhard

Flower 06 (Phlox), 2009

Friday, January 31, 2014Saturday, May 3, 2014

Admiralitätstr. 71
Hamburg, Germany

SFEIR-SEMLER GALLERY, HAMBURG
is honored to invite you to the opening of our new exhibition

Friday, January 31, 7 to 9 pm
Laudation, 8 pm: Prof. Dr. Hubertus von Amelunxen

BALTHASAR BURKHARD
in Memoriam


We are proud to invite you to the opening of an exhibition in memory of our friend and gallery artist Balthasar Burkhard on Friday 31January from 7 to 9 pm in the Hamburg Gallery.

The photo-historian and theorist Hubertus von Amelunxen will give a laudatio in the honor of the artist at 8pm.

This show will include works produced between 1987 and 2010 with a focus on the Beirut project from 2006, “the Sevillia nudes” from 2007, and his last explorations of landscapes and still lives in color.

Balthasar Burkhard was born 1944 in Bern, Switzerland where he lived and worked until 2010. His photographic projects took him all over the world from the temples of Japan to the rainforests of Brazil, allowing him to capture major cities across three different continents, the deserts of Namibia, the Swiss mountains, and water falls across the globe among many other engaging subjects. The artist pulls his viewers through a range of experiences and perspectives, drawing the eyes from extreme close-ups to panoramic landscapes taken from high above the earth.

Considered a pioneer of large format black and white photo printing, Burkhard’s engagement with the micro and macro is also reflected in the range of silver print sizes, spanning from the small to the huge. It is only in the very last years of his life that he printed in color.

From the personal to the universal Burkhard’s minimal and concrete photography speaks in a language that is difficult to put in words but resonates with a recognizable truth to the viewer.

The show runs from February 1st to May 3rd 2014
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 6 pm, Saturday 12 pm – 3 pm.