From June 08, 2012 to September 02, 2012
The Musée de l’Elysée is one of the first museums in Europe to be entirely dedicated to photography. Since its opening in 1985, it has developed a collection of more than 100’000 photographs covering the entire history of the medium since its origins.
The collection includes significant images from Robert Capa, Gilles Caron, Raymond Depardon, Mario Giacomelli or Sebastião Salgado. The Museum was also entrusted with several photographic funds, in particular those of Charles Chaplin, Hans Steiner, Marcel Imsand, Jean Mohr, Nicolas Bouvier and Ella Maillart. Priority is given to the conservation and valorization of this patrimony.
While the commercial value of photographs rises ceaselessly, the Museum’s acquisition budget remains limited. New strategies are thus implemented in order to meet the challenges related to the collection’s development - working very closely with emerging talents and maintaining privileged relationships with photographic funds.
The exhibition will present the museum’s latest acquisitions, such as albums by Adrien Constant-Delessert, treasures from 19th century Swiss photography acquired at an auction in Paris in November 2011; pieces from the Polaroid collection that the Musée de l’Elysée is currently building; two films realized by HEAD-Geneva; excerpts from the Marcel Imsand Fund, donated to the Museum in February 2012; and an overview of the Museum’s support to the emerging young contemporary photography.