Ella Maillart at the Musée Rath

Exhibition from December 7, 2023 to April 21, 2024

Through a selection of photographs, articles, books and documents, this exhibition invites visitors to rediscover Ella Maillart's exceptional career. Sportswoman, traveller, lecturer and journalist, she never ceased to defend her vision of "world unity".

Much more than a tribute, and far from nostalgic commemorations, this exhibition also aims to create new intergenerational dialogues and to consider the human being in its individual as well as collective complexity.

Anne-Julie Raccoursier and Pauline Julier, two artists with very distinct personalities, take up the challenge: avid travelers themselves, their approaches, oscillating between reality and fiction, in turn deconstruct clichés.

Photo Elysée archive

The vast majority of the objects presented in the Musée Rath exhibition come from the Ella Maillart collection, held by Photo Elysée. We are delighted to have been able to make this archive and the expertise of our collaborators available to us.

The exhibition features numerous items from Ella Maillart's cartothèque, a collection of 10,000 cards with original prints and handwritten inscriptions in 48 boxes. The cartothèque contains almost all the photographs taken and collected by Ella Maillart, and is a unique record of her life and adventures.

A veritable visual repertory of her travels and explorations, this collection served as a tool from which to draw the photographs she used to illustrate her many publications and lectures. Today, the Cartothèque is a valuable archive that enables researchers to retrace Ella Maillart's career and understand her work process.

Practical information

Exhibition at the Musée Rath in Geneva
Opening December 6 at 6 pm
From December 7, 2023 to April 21, 2024
Wednesday to Friday, 2 pm to 7 pm
Saturday to Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm
Pay what you wish Admission


This project was realized by the Musée Rath in collaboration with the Association Les amis d'Ella Maillart and with the support of the Fondation de l'Elysée.

Other news


The shop's Christmas selection

The holidays are fast approaching, and we've got you covered!

A varied Christmas selection of photographic books and design objects awaits you in the Photo Elysée and mudac bookshop.

Photographic books

  • Patti Smith, Une saison en enfer, Arthur Rimbaud, 1873, Gallimard
  • À l'est, du nouveau, Kometa, No1 / Imperialism
  • Alexa Brunet, Felix Tréguer, Odyssée 2.0, Le bec en l'air
  • F&D Cartier, JOURNAL singulier RAYONMAN, Art & fiction
  • Paolo Roversi, Des oiseaux, Atelier EXB

Design objects

  • Christmas bauble, Magma, Antoine Fœglé and Emma Pflieger (Keep it Flat - Space is the place exhibition) CIAV Meisenthal special edition
  • Longchamp bag × mudac
  • Porcelain pieces, Hello! Help! series, Sylvie Godel, Lausanne artist and ceramist.
  • Satellite vase, Shizuka Saito, available in blue or yellow (to be confirmed)
  • Canards du Léman scarf, Maison & Maison, reissued 2023 for mudac

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XXL projections

Dive into an immersive and magnetic visual environment with XXL projections presented from December 2 to 31, from 5 pm to 9 pm, every evening without exception!

A launch event is organized on Saturday, December 2nd, starting at 5:30 pm on the terrace of the Arcadia restaurant, where mulled wine will be offered.

As part of an interdisciplinary project within the Visual Communication department of ECAL/École cantonale d‘art de Lausanne, students from the Photography, Graphic Design, and Media & Interaction Design Bachelor programs have developed immersive video projects intended to dress the facades of the mudac and Photo Elysée.

Upon completion of the creation process, five artworks were selected by Photo Elysée in conjunction with ECAL. They immerse us in a sea of images with diverse and playful themes, provoking reflection on our perception of scales, functions and forms of a building.

This project began under the impulse of Lausanne Lumières, which collaborated with ECAL and Photo Elysée for its realization.

Find more XXL projections at La Nuit des Images, which will make its come back on Saturday, June 22, 2024!

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