The History of Projected Photography

Tuesday to Sunday, 11pm - 6pm.
June 1, 2017 - September 24, 2017.

The Musée de l’Elysée is presenting one of the first exhibitions devoted to the history of the slide. There will be no prints hanging on the walls this time. In the tradition of magic lanterns, projected photography constitutes an alternative way of spreading images. Popular in the 1850s and used for a long time as a teaching tool as well as for popular entertainment, it first attracts amateur photographers. Some well-known photographers used projections until the 1950s, but it wasn’t until 1960-1970 that the slide really took hold within the artistic community when it was adopted by designers, architects and conceptual artists.

The exhibition, organized in four major sections – the light-images, the apparatus, sequence and screening – reveals the uniqueness of the slide. It illustrates the diversity of its practices and its impact on visual culture. The Musée de l’Elysée is indeed proposing a sensorial immersion in the projections (more than 20).


  • Anne Lacoste, curator, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
  • Carole Sandrin, curator, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
  • Nathalie Boulouch, lecturer on contemporary art history and photography, Université Rennes 2, France
  • Olivier Lugon, professor, Department of Film History and Esthetics and the Center for Historical Cultural Sciences, Université de Lausanne

With the assistance of Emilie Delcambre Hirsch.

Dan Graham, Project for Slide Projector, 1966-2005 © Dan Graham, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery. Collection : Astrid Ullens de Schooten / Fondation A Stichting, Bruxelles

Josef Svoboda, Emil Radok and Miroslav Pflug, STVOŘENÍ SVĚTA (The Creation of the World), Installation view, 1967 © Josef Svoboda Archives

Runo Lagomarsino, Sea Grammar, 2015 © Runo Lagomarsino / Photo Andreas
Meck and Terje Östling / Courtesy of the artist, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo,
Nils Staerk, Copenhagen and Francesca Minini, Milan

List of artists


  • Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976)
  • Jan Dibbets (1941)
  • Peter Fischli and David Weiss (active 1979 - 2012)
  • Ceal Floyer (1968)
  • Gisèle Freund (1908-2000)
  • Bertrand Gadenne (1951)
  • Jules Gervais-Courtellemont (1863-1931)
  • Nan Goldin (1953)
  • Dan Graham (1942)
  • Lewis Hine (1874-1940)
  • Runo Lagomarsino (1977)
  • Frederick (1809-1879) and William Langenheim (1807-1874)
  • Helen Levitt (1913-2009)
  • Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946)
  • Antonin Personnaz (1855-1936)
  • Josef Svoboda (1920-2002)
  • Alain Sabatier (1945)
  • Allan Sekula (1951-2013)
  • Robert Smithson (1938-1973)
  • Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946)
  • Krzysztof Wodiczko (1943)


  • Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames
  • Gerard Ifert ( 1929) and Rudi Meyer (1943)
  • Ken Isaacs (1927-2016)


  • Le Corbusier (1887-1965)


The exhibition receives the invaluable support of the Loterie Romande, the Cercle du Musée de l’Elysée and the Fondation Leenaards.


Exhibition poster

Exhibition catalogue

Slides. The History of Projected Photography

Essays by Nathalie Boulouch, Roland Recht, Olivier Lugon, Anne Lacoste.
Interview of the artist Krzystof Wodiczko by Christophe Domino.

CHF 50.-

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