Prix Elysée Winner

The Musée de l’Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier are thrilled to announce Slovak artist Martin Kollar is the winner of the first edition of the Prix Elysée.

Martin Kollar

Provisional Arrangement

I grew up during Communism with its key motto „With the Soviet Union for all Eternity“. Back then, we would add, laughing: but not an hour longer. This has been, until this day, one of the few experiences I’ve had with eternity.

Since then, my life has been filled with negotiating its many temporary situations and solutions. People of my generation have grown up, we are middle-aged now. Temporariness is slipping out of our hands, we are fighting against endless variations of disintegration and the void left behind the abandoned old dogmas.

We find ourselves in a complex world without a sense of permanence and certainty. We surround ourselves with temporary friends, we have temporary women, we have a temporary tooth replacement and we prefer temporary residencies to permanent address. Provisional Arrangements is a project concerned with situations which contain an element of uncertainty and mystery. It will be a photographic record/portrayal capturing the disintegration of permanence into temporary and provisional.


"In Provisional Arrangement Martin Kollar reveals a deeply ironic, yet delicate eye through images combining both a sense of rigor, and surrealism. The series transcends the specific historical and, geographical constraints to become a reflection on the human, condition, its inherent transiency and its search for meaning."

Federica Angelucci, Director, Stevenson, Cape Town / Johannesburg, Member of the Jury

Next steps

Martin Kollar receives CHF80,000. Half of this sum will go to the production of the project, and the other half to the publication of an accompanying book. He has to complete his work within one year. During this time, his progress will be followed by the Musée de l’Elysée. An exhibition of his project is planned at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne in September 2016.


1971, Slovak, Born in Žilina, Czechoslovakia (now the Slovak Republic)

Slovak photographer, Martin Kollar was born in 1971 in Žilina, Czechoslovakia (now the Slovak Republic). He studied at the Academy for Performing Arts in Bratislava before continuing his career as a freelance photographer and cinematographer. He has worked on a number of documentary and fictive films: Autoportrait (director), Ball (producer) and as a cameraman Velvet Terrorists, Cooking History, Across the Border: Five Views from Neighbours, 66 Seasons, Ladomirova Morytates and Legends, and the animated film In the Box.

In the realm of photography, Kollar has received a number of prestigious grants and awards including the 3PPP photography grant, Oscar Barnack Award in Germany and the Backlight Photography Award in Finland. His work has been exhibited at the Maison européenne de la photographie, Paris, MOCA Shanghai and the Museum of Art Guandong (China), amongst other venues.


  • 2012 “Tranzit”, Tranzit Gallery, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
  • 2009 Prague Biennale, Prague,  Czech Republic
  • 2008 “Unseen : An exhibition of International Photography”, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, China
  • 2008 “Nothing Special” , Le Château d’Eau, Toulouse, France
  • 2007 “TV Anchors”, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
  • 2004 “Bitte lächeln, Aufnahme!”, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
  • 2002 “Report from the Country”, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland


  • 2013 Field Trip, Mack, London
  • 2011 Cahier, Diaphane, Picardie
  • 2007 Nothing Special, Actes Sud, Arles

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