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.
Information on www.prixelysee.ch
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.
HANDOVER CEREMONY FOR THE NEW BUILDING OF THE MUSÉE DE L’ELYSÉE AND MUDAC
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.