Balthasar Burkhard, The Bed (Photo canvas print with Markus Raetz), 1969/1970.
© Estate Balthasar Burkhard

Balthasar Burkhard

10 February to 21 May 2018


Together, Fotomuseum and Fotostiftung Schweiz will showcase the oeuvre of Swiss artist Balthasar Burkhard (1944–2010) in a major retrospective. Burkhard’s work spans half a century: from his early days as a trainee photographer with Kurt Blum to his seminal role in chronicling the art of his time, and his eventual breakthrough as an internationally acclaimed photographic artist in his own right. Burkhard was one of the first to bring photography into the realms of contemporary art in the form of the monumental tableau. He interpreted the body as sculpture and used the canvas to liberate photography from its function as a purely reproductive medium. More than 150 works and groups of works chart not only the progress of his own photographic career, but also the emergence of photography as an art form in the second half of the twentieth century. The exhibition is divided into two parts, shown in parallel at Fotostiftung and Fotomuseum.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication published by Steidl. Realised in collaboration with the Museum Folkwang, Essen, and the MASI Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano.


Jojakim Cortis & Adrian Sonderegger, Making-of «Tian'anmen» (by Stuart Franklin, 1989),
2013. © Jojakim Cortis & Adrian Sonderegger

Jojakim Cortis & Adrian Sonderegger
Double Take

2 June to 9 September 2018


For five years, the Zurich-based artist duo Jojakim Cortis & Adrian Sonderegger worked on a project that not only captivates with its concept, but also arouses the viewer’s curiosity. “Double Take” is a seductive game with iconic images of international photographic history: pictures imprinted in the collective memory are reproduced as three-dimensional models – a meticulous bricolage of cardboard, sand, wood, fabric, cotton wool, plaster and glue. Jojakim Cortis & Adrian Sonderegger shoot their constructions in such a way that the result is an image that comes amazingly close to the original, real scene. The illusion is repeatedly broken humorously by the inclusion of the studio situation and all kind of remnants from reconstructing the scenes in the final picture. At a time when the term ‘post-factual’ has taken hold as a buzzword, “Double Take” challenges the audience to reexamine the truthfulness of photography.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication published by Lars Müller Publishers (German) and Thames & Hudson (English).




Walter Bosshard, Soldiers at play for recreation. China, 1938.
© Fotostiftung Schweiz / Archiv für Zeitgeschichte

Walter Bosshard/Robert Capa
The race for China

22 September 2018 to
10 February 2019

Walter Bosshard from Switzerland played a key role in shaping modern photojournalism. Around 1930, he was at the forefront when a new style of illustrated magazines enjoyed unprecedented success. His photo reports reached an audience of millions and made him an internationally renowned star reporter. From 1931 on, Bosshard concentrated on China and settled in Beijing in 1933. He sensed that the Middle Kingdom was on the brink of radical change. As a photographer and writer, he followed the devastating war with Japan and the power struggle between nationalists and communists, but also immersed himself in everyday Chinese life. In 1938, he became the first European to reach the loess caves of Yan’an, where Mao and the Red Army were gathering their forces. And so Bosshard won the media race – ahead of Robert Capa, who was his friend and rival at the time. The exhibition by the Fotostiftung Schweiz shows new, unknown pictures by Walter Bosshard and confronts them with the contemporaneous reports from China by Robert Capa.
In collaboration with the Archives of Contemporary History of ETH Zurich, ullstein bild Berlin and ICP New York.