Werner Bischof - Point of View and Helvetica

Tuesday to Sunday, 11pm - 6pm.
January 27, 2016 - May 1, 2016

To mark the centenary of the birth of Swiss photographer Werner Bischof (1916-1954), the Musée de l’Elysée is presenting a retrospective of his work entitled Point of View, produced by Magnum Photos (Paris).

The exhibition offers almost 200 original and sometimes unpublished prints selected from the Werner Bischof Estate (Zurich). The exhibition displays contact sheets, books, magazines and private letters. Several projections give a contemporary approach to his work. The exhibition presents his work in Switzerland (1934-1944), Europe (1945-1950), Asia (1951-1952), and North and South America (1953-1954).

A second exhibition, produced by the Musée de l’Elysée and entitled Helvetica focuses exclusively on Bischof’s Swiss years, the period of training, studio work fashion and advertising and then the war years in Switzerland during which he became a press photographer working for the magazine DU.

The exhibition Helvetica is the subject of the first publication of the « Collection - Musée de l’Elysée ».

Curators
Marco Bischof, Werner Bischof Estate, for the exhibition Point of View and Daniel Girardin, Musée de l’Elysée, for the exhibition Helvetica.

Harbour of Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, 1952 © Werner Bischof / Magnum Photos


Breast with grid, Zurich, Switzerland, 1941 © Werner Bischof / Magnum Photos

Demonstration on the Piazza del Duomo, Milano, Italy, 1946 © Werner Bischof / Magnum Photos


© Yannick Lüthy / Musée de l'Elysée

© Yannick Lüthy / Musée de l'Elysée

© Yannick Lüthy / Musée de l'Elysée

© Yannick Lüthy / Musée de l'Elysée

© Yannick Lüthy / Musée de l'Elysée

© Yannick Lüthy / Musée de l'Elysée


Exhibitions Point of View and Helvetica are made possible through the support of its partner PKB Privatbank.

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