Exhibitions at Musée de l'Elysée
Masterpieces from the Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla collection
The History of Projected Photography
Outside Views on Switzerland
Photographic Dialogues between Past, Present and Future / Dialogues photographiques entre passé, présent et futur
Anonymous - Urban Life in Contemporary Photography
Which Approaches to Photography?
Hans Steiner. Chronique de la vie moderneA major figure in Swiss photography, Hans Steiner was part of the golden age of Swiss photojournalism (1930s and 1940s). The Musée de l’Elysée wishes to restore the reputation of this great but unjustly forgotten photographer, with an emphasis on his modernist vision of society.AN EXHIBITIONA privileged witness, both unconventional and decidedly optimistic of a society starting to focus on consumption, Steiner offers a different and more urban vision … more
For more than 60 years, Irving Penn has left his mark on the world of photography through his images of fashion, still lifes and portraits. The Musée de l'Elysée pays tribute to this 20th century master of photography. Fashion photographer for Vogue, Penn photographed small trades at the beginning of the 1950s. This personal project was based on his admiration for the working classes. Recruited in the streets of Paris, London and New York, the models came to Penn's studio in their work clothes… more
Since the late 1950s, the photographic work of Bernd and Hilla Becher has been dedicated to industrial landscapes and buildings, including factories, water towers, blast furnaces, head frames, coal silos, etc., usually abandoned. Their approach can be described as scientific in the sense that their images are filed and archived according to their geographical locations or their functionality. This industrial architecture photographed in the same neutral light and according to the same parameters… more
THE GILLES CARON FOUNDATION DONATES 144 OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S PRINTS TO THE MUSEE DE L'ELYSEE
The Musée de l'Elysée is proud to welcome into its collection 144 prints by the French photographer Gilles Caron. Donated by the Gilles Caron Foundation based in Geneva, this collection reflects the international events of the late sixties: Six Day War (Israel, 1967), Vietnam War (1967), May 68 in Paris, Biafra (Nigeria, 1968), Prague (Czechoslovakia, 1969) and the troubles in Northern Ireland (1969)… more
Tomorrow's photographers today
TOMORROW’S PHOTOGRAPHERS TODAY
Opening of the exhibtion and Nuit de l’Elysée
What are young photographers up to in the twenty-first century? How do they see the world? How much do they respect, build on, or reject tradition? As the digital revolution continues its relentless advance, demolishing longstanding practices in every domain of our field, curiosity builds as to how the new generation of photographers will operate. The reGeneration project – the b… more
Sally Mann - The Family, The Land
For the first time in Switzerland, a museum exhibition is devoted to the exceptional oeuvre of Sally Mann. For more than twenty years this American photographer (b. Lexington, Virginia in 1951) has been dealing with the themes of intimacy and the inexorable passage of time. The photographs of Mann's three children, gathered together in 1992 for the book Immediate Family, sparked immediate controversy, while propelling the artist to the summit of the American ph… more
Polaroid in Peril !
Polaroid.... during the second half of the 20th century the name was synonymous with innovation in photography, and other domains besides (Who does not, or has not, owned a pair of Polaroid sunglasses?). Moreover, the Polaroid Corporation was innovative in ways beyond the impressive range of their products: realizing that artists would invent new 'applications' if encouraged to use Polaroid cameras and films, the company was generous with both. Many photographers accepted Po… more
THE FINE ART & CRAFT OF THE STEIDL BOOK / Steidl l'art du livre
THE FINE ART & CRAFT OF THE STEIDL BOOK
NOVEMBER 18 2009 TO FEBRUARY 21 2010
Official Inauguration: Tuesday, November 17, at 6 p.m.
Gerhard Steidl, described by the daily newspaper Le Monde as "the haute couture editor", is undoubtedly the most prolific printer and editor in the world of photography: a new publication leaves the presses almost every day in Göttingen, alias "Steidlville", his birthplace in Germany. His fief - at one and the same time editing house, pr… more
The scene of the crime
Rodolphe A. Reiss (1875-1929)
WARNING: SOME OF THE IMAGES WHICH ARE PRESENTED MAY SHOCK. THE MUSEE DE L'ELYSEE SUGGESTS THAT SENSITIVE PEOPLE AND CHILDREN UNDER 14 SHOULD NOT VISIT THE EXHIBIT.
Scientific police photographs are very rarely presented to the public, remaining stored for many years in confidential files because they transgress taboos when their subjects are violent death and crime. These pictures, taken almost a hundred years ago by Rodolphe Archibald Reiss… more
In 2009, the Musée de l'Elysée acquired The Red House, a portfolio by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, published as a limited edition by Steidl. The photographs present no other visual information than the graffiti found on the walls of the "Red House", the name given to the prison and torture center run by Saddam Hussein's Baath party in Sulaymaniyah, Iraki Kurdistan, 330 kilometres from Baghdad. For numerous Kurdish prisoners, the walls of the cells were their only means of expression. Th… more
The work of Andreas Rentsch is disconcerting - a spirited amalgam of photography, performance and drawing. The artist works with a Polaroid 55, the famous instantaneous photographic medium which produces a unique image. Rentsch photographs his own body in different positions, while outlining it (literally 'drawing it') with a flashlight. Each of the images requires a five-to fifteen-minute-long exposure. In developing the film, Rentsch allows the chemical process to degrade for weeks or even mon… more
Monumental industrial architecture: cranes, pipes, cables and machines of every description; high-tech laboratories with gleaming surfaces ; and vast tracts of South American agribusiness... Italian photographer Carlo Valsecchi alternates between the very near at hand, and the very far away. His large-format photographs, devoid of humans, hover between the factuality of the documentary approach and the aesthetics of abstraction. Valsecchi's unusual vantage points and carefully calibrated time-ex… more
Notre bâtiment de l'Avenue de l'Elysée 4 présente la seconde exposition d'un nouveau cycle consacré aux photographes de talent actuellement en formation dans six écoles et centres de formation de la région. C'est dans ce cadre qu'Augustin Rebetez, élève du CEPV/ Ecole supérieure d'Arts Appliqués de Vevey, présente sa série intitulée "Gueules de bois". Exposition ouver… more
D'ombre et de lumière
The Swiss photographer Jacques Pugin searches for sites in the world which express the complex relations that humans have with nature, sites which retain both something of the mystery of their origins and a sense of disquiet as to their future. Influenced by diverse cultures, sciences and religions, Pugin is drawn towards the sea, deserts and mountains, regions where violence, hostility and primitive beauty have tested man's bodies and souls. The images … more
Russie(s) - La collection s'expose
De la Russie tsariste à la Fédération de Russie, l'exposition couvre plusieurs périodes historiques. Celle des aristocrates, des soldats et des ouvriers du 19ème siècle, celle des artistes et des prisonniers du goulag des années trente et quarante, et celles de la Russie moderne. Les tirages proviennent de la très riche collection de photographies russes du Musée de l'Elysée.
Photographes présentés :
DE JONGH frères (Edouard/Francis/Auguste), KL… more
Le paradis, ou presque - Los Angeles (1865-2008)
THIS SIDE OF PARADISE: LOS ANGELES (1865-2008)
«Imagine Marilyn Monroe, fifty miles long, lying on her side, half-buried on a ridge of crumbling rock, the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains, with chaparral, flowers and snakes writhing over her body, and mists, smog, or dreams gathering in every curve. You'd need a certain height to recognize that intricate course as a body. But that's Mulholland Drive... It's about as long as on old movie, and as full of scents and half-grasped fears as Marily… more
This mid-career retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris and the Museum Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, presents the work of a French photographer, one of the most talented and highly esteemed artists of her generation. The body and its metamorphoses is the common denominator of the themes dealt with by Valérie Belin. Her subjects occupy a borderline zone between human and virtual realities, between what is organic and what is sublime - an a… more
Teen, abbreviation of teenager, an adolescent aged between 13 and 19.
City, from French « cité » and Latin « civitas ».
The member of a city, the citizen (latin civis), inhabits a clearly defined territory.
He has duties towards his tribe and considers his peers as members of his family or clan.
Adolescence is probably the phase of life that raises the most questions. A gathering of young people always creates a stir and it's not uncommon to see anxiety in the faces of any adults pre… more
This exhibition brings together 80 photographs, most of which are very well-known, that have provoked legal proceedings or controversy. Photography, in every area and genre, has been subject to, and confronted by, laws and their interpretation ever since it was invented. The controversies it has provoked are wide-ranging and often very intense. Manipulation, forgery and censured images dealing with love, death or money are just some of the issues raised by this enormous subject.
Cette expositi… more
Body Shops shows a series of spaces devoid of any human presence. These places, however, were specifically designed for the care of the human body. Contemporary society treats the body as an object that can be taken apart and put together again. From the time of birth to the moment of death, the body receives the utmost care and attention, be it in the use of make up, physical exercise, cosmetic surgery or autopsies. Although the body remains a major preoccupation for photographers today, it is … more
LIVES IN PHOTOGRAPHY
organisied by the Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne
and the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, Minneapolis
Edward Steichen (1879-1973) is one of the most prolific, influential and controversial figures in the history of photography. An incessant innovator, he applied his talents to portraiture, the nude, landscape, cityscape, flowers, dance, theatre, fashion, advertising and war. Steichen's contributions could, it seems, fill a full chapter in … more
Ray K. Metzker is recognized as one of the great masters of American photography, a virtuoso who has pursued his chosen medium passionately for fifty years. Even early in his career, Metzker's work was marked by unusual intensity. Drawing inspiration from the things around him, he was acutely perceptive in any environment. This retrospective at the Musée de l'Elysée reveals the full extent of a body of work still relatively unknown from the European public. Over 200 vintage prints are being sh… more
Loretta Lux (Allemagne) conçoit ses photographies à la manière d'un peintre – sa formation d'origine. Ayant remplacé le pinceau par les outils numériques, elle crée des images à la fois attirantes et inquiétantes. Les enfants qu'elle met en scène posent dans des habits étriqués et dans des lieux qui oscillent entre des paysages naturels et des scènes de théâtre. Travaillant avec une palette qui rappelle par sa luminosité celle des peintres de la Renaissance, l'artiste altère le… more
Suzanne Opton (Etats-Unis) a fait le portrait de soldats revenus d'Irak. Sachant que ces jeunes gens ont assisté à des scènes terribles à jamais gravées dans leur mémoire, la photographe s'est rendue à la base militaire de Fort Drum, dans l'Etat de New York, pour observer leurs visages. En demandant à ses sujets de se coucher à même le sol – une pose bien peu conventionnelle – Suzanne Opton est parvenue à désarmer les soldats et à révéler des êtres dans leur fragilité et leu… more
Brigitte Lustenberger (Suisse) dévoile des individus et des lieux qui dégagent une forte impression de mystère. Elle a vu, saisi et dérobé quelques bribes d'action qui se sont aussitôt volatilisées à son contact. Au spectateur ensuite de recomposer l'histoire de scènes énigmatiques.
Brigitte Lustenberger (Schweiz) enthüllt Individuen und Orte, mit einer geheimnisvollen Ausstrahlung. Sie sah, erfasste und raubte einige Handlungsmomente, die sich bei ihrem Kontakt sofort verflüchtig… more
Leonard Freed is one of the twentieth century's most prominent documentary photographers. His photographs have graced the covers of major newspapers and magazines around the world on numerous occasions. A member of the famous Magnum cooperative, Leonard Freed ranks among the giants of twentieth-century photojournalism. His work is considered a milestone in what has been aptly called "concerned photography". Organized and curated by the Musée de l'Elysée, in collaboration with Magnum Photos, Pa… more
The rapid mutation of amateur photography in the digital age
Je t’envisage - La disparition du portrait
L’exposition Je t’envisage a pour ambition de lever le voile sur les représentations récentes du visage dans la photographie. Si le corps a été la principale préoccupation des photographes à la fin du 20e siècle, il a maintenant cédé la place au visage. De même que le corps a supplanté le genre du nu, le visage relègue celui du portrait au second plan. Aujourd’hui, les photographes contestent les croyances liées au portrait, notamm… more
Douée d’une énergie extraordinaire, d’un esprit indépendant et d’une curiosité très vive, Ella Maillart (1903-1997) n’a cessé d’affirmer son désir de liberté et d’aventure. Au cours de ses voyages, comme dans ses livres, ses photographies et ses conférences-projections, elle a témoigné de sa rencontre avec les cultures d’Asie, brillé par son érudition et recherché une forme de sagesse.
Ella Maillart pratique la photographie dès son premier grand voyage, à Moscou e… more