Balthasar Burkhard & Naoya Hatakeyama – Exhibition in MdM Mönchsberg, Salzburg





Museum der Moderne Salzburg

MUSEUM DER MODERNE Mönchsberg
Balthasar Burkhard & Naoya Hatakeyama. Two Mountains
Exhibition > 8 February 2009




“Two Mountains” is an artistic project which the two photographers, Balthasar Burkhard from Switzerland (born 1944) and Naoya Hatakeyama from Japan (born 1958 ), were invited to join. Each examined the mountain world of the other’s respective homeland, thus linking up the criteria for viewing landscape with the individual photographic language of imagery used by each artist.


Naoya Hatakeyama

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Naoya Hatakeyama,
Trockener Steg (Matterhorn),
Aus der Serie: Untitled (Another Mountain), 2005,
Lamda print, 60 x 122,7 cm,
Courtesy of the artist
© Alle Rechte vorbehalten



“Two Mountains” is an artistic project which the two photographers, Balthasar Burkhard from Switzerland (born 1944) and Naoya Hatakeyama from Japan (born 1958), were invited to join. Each examined the mountain world of the other’s respective homeland, thus linking up the criteria for viewing landscape with the individual photographic language of imagery used by each artist.

Balthasar Burkhard is the doyen of Swiss contemporary photography, internationally renowned for his imposing urban portraits, the subtle black & white portrayals of nature and vegetation. He had been to Japan before, and now selected for the project two very contemplative mountain situations: Kumano and Mt. Koya. A key feature of both locations is that they are perceived not so much as mountains per se, but rather in terms of their significance as holy places, within the context of a close-to-nature, Far Eastern religiosity.

Naoya Hatakeyama was in Switzerland for the first time, directing his interest to the monumental massifs of the Bern Alps. Taking a critical, distanced view, he observes the conquest of the mountain world by tourism and alpine climbing, the directed view of the mountains provided by viewing terraces and panorama platforms, as well as the processing of the motifs in the museum’s installation.

The juxtaposing of these two views is shaped by each artist’s interaction with his own past and his approach to the unfamiliar. The formidable achievements and challenges of alpine climbing are counterposed with ancestors’ resting places in the sacred groves. It seems to be the prerogative of the traveller from abroad to capture what is unfamiliar to him in a symptomatic language and to release it in an appropriate way.


Balthasar Burkhard

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Balthasar Burkhard,
Kumano Yin and Yan Fall, 2005,
Aus der Serie: Japan,
s/w Fotografie auf Barytpapier, 26 x 26 cm,
© Balthasar Burkhard

Balthasar Burkhard

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Balthasar Burkhard,
Little Buddha, 2005,
Aus der Serie Japan
s/w Fotografie auf Barytpapier, 21 x 21 cm,
© Balthasar Burkhard

Naoya Hatakeyama

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Naoya Hatakeyama,
Schilthorn,
Aus der Serie: Untitled (Another Mountain), 2005,
Lamda print, 60 x 122,7 cm,
Courtesy of the artist
© Alle Rechte vorbehalten

Naoya Hatakeyama

mdm_moenchsberg_naoya_hatakeyama3_gornergrat


Naoya Hatakeyama
Gornergrat,
Aus der Serie: Untitled (Another Mountain), 2005,
Lamda print, 60 x 75,4 cm,
Courtesy of the artist
© Alle Rechte vorbehalten



Salzburg’s environment is also a mountain landscape. The romanticism of “untouched nature”, of folklore and the search for spirituality is at odds with the necessity for new concepts of use for business and tourism.
Particularly in Salzburg, the “Two Mountains” exhibition can contribute, not just to counterposing two varying ways of looking at two different mountain worlds and drawing them into a controversial dialogue; in presenting two perspectives on mountains, the exhibition also offers the possibility for visitors to take stock of their own mountain worlds, having two differing perceptions as points of reference.


The exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue „Balthasar Burkhard & Naoya Hatakeyama. Two Mountains“ (€19,-).



© Museum der Moderne Salzburg



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3 Responses to “Balthasar Burkhard & Naoya Hatakeyama – Exhibition in MdM Mönchsberg, Salzburg”

  1. […] Balthasar Burkhard & Naoya Hatakeyama – Exhibition in MdM Mönchsberg, Salzburg […]

  2. I love the work here.😉

  3. My Swiss born mother recently passed away I inheritied several Swiss pictures one which has a note that it is of Salburg. My best guess is 1930’s or early 40’s. Is this something I could photographs and e-mail and ask your comment? Thanks

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