On the occasion of the Gus Van Sant’s film retrospective and travelling exhibition, the Cinémathèque française, the Cinémathèque suisse, the Musée de l’Elysée and the Museo Nazionale del Cinema of Turin coedited a book, published by Actes Sud in 2016.
Switzerland’s image has been significantly shaped by photographs dedicated to tourism. With spectacular mountain panoramas, rural idylls or portraits of local people the country could be successfully marketed, and these photographs also made an important contribution towards national identity. Another consequence, however, was that the respective pictorial repertoire became inflated and stereotyped.
Although the history of photography was built around prints, there were significant developments in slides from the last third of the nineteenth century, renewing the tradition of magic lanterns. Photographic projection offers a unique field of exploration involving a wide variety of forms, protagonists and places spanning a period of over one hundred and fifty years. Its history tells of the dissemination of knowledge, the quest for color and stereoscopy, the boom in amateur photography, and the medium’s integration into the contemporary art scene from the 1960s. Amateurs, professional photographers, publishers, artists, architects and designers have joined forces here to describe the specificities of the slide and show its impact on visual culture.
The book presents 150 photographs mainly taken from the museum’s collections, illustrating the directions in which mountain photography has developed (science, tourism, mountaineering, art), as well as the formal aspects used by photographers from 1840 to the present
The artist Wojciech Zamecznik (1923–1967) was an influential figure on the postwar Polish art scene. The catalogue presents the multidisciplinary and experimental nature of Wojciech Zamecznik’s photographic work.
The second volume in the “Collection - Musée de l’Elysée” illustrates the rich diversity of photographic techniques, showcasing the Musée de l’Elysée’s collections. Tatyana Franck conducts two interviews, one with Anne Cartier-Bresson, enabling the reader to retrace the history of photographic processes and understand contemporary photographers’ fascination with these early techniques. The other, with the artist Oscar Muñoz, looks at his career path and conceptual approach. An article by Martin Vetterli, director of the LCAV at EPFL, offers a scientific perspective of image reproduction technologies.
Artist book published on the occasion of the exhibition Into the World, available by the end of August 2016 at the bookshop.
Helvetica is the first volume in the new “Collection – Musée de l’Elysée”, and illustrates Werner Bischof’s Swiss work. The previously-unpublished contact sheets he produced between 1932 and 1945 give an understanding of his taste for abstraction and form.
On the occasion of the exhibition Anonymous, Urban Life in Contemporary Photography the Musée de l’Elysée offers visitors a guide booklet to accompany them through the exhibition and encourage them to continue thinking about it after they leave. The detailed articles for each section and a text about each artist will give visitors an in-depth understanding of the exhibition.
Catalogue Coordination: Silvio Corsini, BCU, Anne Lacoste, Musée de l’Elysée, and Olivier Lugon, UNIL.
The Musée de l’Elysée and the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne (BCU) are publishing the first book devoted to the iconographic collection of the Canton of Vaud, illustrated with some one hundred images from the collection.
This alphabet primer presents a selection of photographs from the iconographic collection of the Musée de l’Elysée. It is designed to help children learn to read.
Supervised by Anne Lacoste et Lydia Dorner
reGeneration3 brings together fifty artists with twenty-five different nationalities, representing some forty art institutions. Their work is distinguished by their multidisciplinarity, ranging from printing and photographic series, artists’ books, multimedia installations, videos, projections, films and performances, to on-site installations.
The Musée de l’Elysée bookshop is delighted to receive the public from Tuesday to Sunday during the museum’s opening hours.
A trilingual review launched in 2011 by the Musée de l’Elysée, ELSE explores photography in all of its diversity and questions the new and changing ways in which we gaze at images.
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