Practical Info


From Wednesday to Sunday - 12:00-20:00


6,50 € : full prise
(Combined Ticket Museum + Galerie : 7,50€)

5,50 € : senior citizens, students, groups, teachers, JAP
(Combined Ticket Museum + Galerie : 6,50€)

4,50 € : Bota’carte, school groups, jobseekers
(Combined Ticket Museum + Galerie : 5,50€)

2 € : Muzex (on purchase of a ticket to the day’s concert + €2 = Muzex combined ticket)

>> Tickets on sale at the Botanique reception, no reservations required except for groups.


Free :   

• For residents of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode on Sundays on presentation of their identity card.

• For children under 12 accompanied by their parents.

• For kindergartens, primary and secondary schools of Saint-Josse.

• Brussels Card
• MuseumPASSmusées


Guided tours:

The Botanique offers guided tours:

Group of young people (under 26): 60 € + admission to the exhibition for each person.
Adult group: 70 € + admission to the exhibition for each person.

Reservation required, call 02/226.12.18


Closing dates Museum : 

• December 25, 2019
• January 1rst, 2020


Buy your concert ticket + 2 € and access to exhibition in the evening of the concert.

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Thursday 28.11.19 - Sunday 02.02.20

• • • Vernissage on Wednesday 27th November 2019 / 6pm - 9pm

This exhibition at the Botanique gathers a large selection of works retracing the Swiss artist and photographer’s career. Staged in non-chronological order, visitors can discover the various genres tackled by Balthasar Burkhard: nudes, landscapes, portraits, animals as well as urban scenes. A part of the exhibition, made up of archives, highlights his work reporting on the Bern art scene in the 1960s.


Born in Bern in 1944, Balthasar Burkhard studied photography under filmmaker and photographer Kurt Blum (1922-2005). He then worked for the Kunsthalle in Bern and its charismatic director Harald Szeemann. For almost 10 years, Balthasar Burkhard captured and documented the ongoing artistic revolution. It was this vibrant environment that shaped Balthasar Burkhard’s creative vision. His photography is marked by this artistic turning point and his thoughts on the relationship between art pieces, architecture, exhibition spaces and the public appear in his work.

In particular, two characteristics of his photographic technique are eye-catching: an intransigent vision on the one hand, and his mastery of black, white and shades of grey on the other. The artist lauds the direct relationship between the beholder and the photograph and designs his exhibitions as a physical experience for the viewer.

The 1980s mark the establishment of Burkhard’s formal parameters, as well as his recognition in the international art scene. One of his emblematic collections, which was dedicated to fragments of the body, appeared during this period. At the end of the 1980s, he started going on long photographic trips, Japan being his first destination. During the next decade, the artist used his lens to uncover the large landscapes of Madrid, London, Naples, Paris, Mexico City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Tokyo. In 2000, he travelled to the desert in Namibia. Depicting a true contrast to his urban scenes, his desert landscapes not only portray his curiosity for detail but also his interest in topography. Burkhard’s eye follows every curve on the ground, to capture both the depth and transparency of the sky.

Although parsimoniously present in some of his photogravures, colour takes on a greater role in his last collection, Flowers, in 2009. In the same vein as his photographs of animals started in 1997, his flowers on a black background surpass simple photographic interest and rather suggest a botanist’s catalogue. These wilting flowers retain a striking pictorial quality. 


>> For the exhibition, the Botanique is publishing a book created by Peter Downsbrough and Balthasar Buckhard in 2001. Having remained a mock-up for 18 years, this dialogue envisioned by the two friends will finally see the light of day. Edited by the Botanique, it is published by La Lettre Volée


Most of the works in this exhibition have been generously provided on loan by the Burkhard estate. The design has been completed with works on loan from Mac’s and Belgian private collectors. 

The exhibition has received support from Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Embassy in Belgium.    



Balthasar Burkhard, Sans titre (Torse), 1988
© Estate Burkhard