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And the winner of the Prix Elysée 2023 is...

Photo Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier are pleased to announce the identity of the winner of the Prix Elysée 2023: American photographer Debi Cornwall, was selected by an international jury of experts amongst eight nonimated project. He current series, Model Citizens, will be on view at the Museum June 30-October 1,2023.

Our Spring 2023 exhibitions

This spring, Photo Elysée presents three new exhibitions, on view from March 3, 2023: Blur. A photographic history, Gabriel Lippmann. Color photography and Under your smell. ECAL X Jean Paul Gaultier. The press conference takes place on Thursday, March 2 at 9:30 am.
Register here for the press conference.

2023 Program

Josef Koudelka. Ikonar, After Nature and #Ukraine are on view at Photo Elysée until January 29, 2023. An overview of the 2023 program announces a year rich in projects, promoting contemporary artists and the museum's collections.

Photo Elysée Fall Program

After the inaugural period that ended on September 25, Photo Elysée presents its fall program, with two exhibitions that will open on Saturday, November 5, 2022: Josef Koudelka. Ikonar. Archival constellations and After nature. Swiss Photography in the 19th Century, as well as a focus on Ukraine in the LabElysée, opening on November 17, 2022.


From September 28 to November 11, 2022, UBS and Photo Elysée present a temporary exhibition entitled Monique Jacot. The figure and its doubles. The public will be able to discover a selection of the artist's photographs from the museum's collections in the main hall of UBS, Place Saint-François 16 in Lausanne.

And the Eight Nominees of the Prix Elysée Are...

The eight nominated projects for the fifth edition of the Prix Elysée were revealed Wednesday, July 6, at an event during the Rencontres de la photographie d'Arles. Launched in 2014 with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier, the Prix Elysée offers financial support, curatorial guidance and significant visibility to mid-career artists with a passion for photography and books, so that they can take a decisive step in their careers.

Reopening of Photo Elysée: a renewed museum project

629 days after its closure to prepare its move to Platform 10, Photo Elysée will reopen its doors to the public on Saturday 18 and 19 June 2022 during a festive inaugural weekend. An institution resolutely open to all photography, Photo Elysée offers a boldly redesigned museum.

Opening of the arts district Plateforme 10 and inauguration of the new mudac and Photo Elysée

The new building that is now home to Photo Elysée and mudac is inaugurating its exhibition spaces in June 2022, enabling them to deploy their museum activities and move on to a new stage in their development. Together with the MCBA, they present an exhibition theme in common devoted to the imagery inspired by railroads and train stations. Plateforme 10 is now a cultural hub that cannot be overlooked, making the City of Lausanne definitively the capital of culture for French-speaking Switzerland.

Nathalie Herschdorfer is the New Director of Photo Elysée

A curator, art and photography historian, Nathalie Herschdorfer is appointed Director of Photo Elysée by the Plateforme 10 Foundation. She will take on the position starting June 1, 2022, after being the Director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Le Locle, Switzerland since 2014. She is very well acquainted with our institution as she worked for the museum for over ten years as curator and exhibition director (from 1998 to 2010).  


Her in depth knowledge of photography and her experience in museum management as well as her national and international cultural network convinced the selection jury which reviewed over 50 applications and auditioned five high level candidates from Switzerland and abroad. Her strategic thinking, as well as her ideas for the further development of our museum in close cooperation with the teams of Plateforme 10 and the two other museums particularly convinced the jury.   

Donation of 100 photographs by David Douglas Duncan

Exceptional donation from a private collection of 100 vintage photographs of the private world of Pablo Picasso taken between 1956 and 1973 by David Douglas Duncan, the famous American war photographer, as well as two portraits of Pablo Picasso and David Douglas Duncan by Gjon Mili, plus a print by Judy Caravaglia.

The call for applications for the Prix Elysée is now open

The Prix Elysée is an international award for photographic production that encourages photographers or mid-career artists to develop an original project on a theme of their choice.

Applications are open from January 17 to March 14, 2022.

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Tatyana Franck, Director of Photo Elysée, joins the French Institute Alliance Française in New York

Tatyana Franck, currently director of Photo Elysée has just been called to a prestigious position in the United States. She has therefore announced her resignation for the beginning of 2022 to take on new responsibilities at the head of the French Institute Alliance Française, a large multidisciplinary non-profit organization.


After more than 5 years of work, the new building of the Elysée and mudac museums, designed by Aires Mateus, is now complete. This is a decisive step in an extraordinary political and cultural project and the end of a uniquely ambitious architectural undertaking in our region. During the handover ceremony and the subsequent festivities from November 4 to 7, 2021, the public and the authorities will be able to discover the premises for the first time and symbolically take possession of the place before the official opening scheduled for 2022.

Ferenc Berko off-site exhibition

Based on the museum's collections, Ferenc Berko: Fascination with the Ordinary presents 38 photographs from the artist's seven-decade career. Berko's work spans much of the 20th century. From his early documentary photographs of interwar Europe and his almost surreal images of everyday life to his later experimentation with color photography, the influence of modernity on his body of work is exemplary.

The Musée de l'Elysée adopts a new identity: Photo Elysée

23 septembre 2021

Closely linked to our move to Plateforme 10, our new identity puts photography first. Through a semantic and graphic play, Photo Elysée invites you to see – to see differently, to see further. Created by Gavillet & Cie with the Swiss typographer François Rappo, Photo Elysée aims to be bold and international.

Acquisitions et donations 2020-2021

20 janvier 2021

The year 2020 was punctuated by several acquisitions directly related to the desire to support contemporary creation, one of Photo Elysée's key missions. The new acquisition policy, the museum's purchases as well as donations and support are also detailed in the dossier.

Kurt Tong, winner of the 4th edition of the Prix Elysée

22 juin 2021

Chosen by an international jury of experts among eight selected projects, his identity is revealed on June 22, 2021. Kurt Tong’s work revolves around exploring his Chinese roots by using photography as a narrative tool. "This project brings together the great history with fundamental subjects, such as immigration, wars, expatriation, but also a love story that touches each and every one of us" underlines Tatyana Franck, Director of Photo Elysée, Lausanne.