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Shoulder Arms, 1918 © Roy Export S.A.S., scan Cineteca di Bologna, courtesy Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne

Chaplin, between war and peace

17.09.2014 - 04.01.2015

Should Charlie Chaplin continue making films or enter the trenches? The controversy over the fact that the British actor was not fighting alongside his own people erupted in 1915. At the beginning of his fame, Chaplin was already...More

Gilles Peress, Bazar, Tabriz, 1979 © Gilles Peress

Gilles Peress, Telex Iran

17.09.2014 - 30.11.2014

Gilles Peress has intransigently documented the darkest chapters of modern history, from the Troubles in Northern Ireland to the mass graves in Bosnia and Rwanda. In 1979, he went to Iran to photograph the revolution at its...More

Set photograph from Disengagement by Amos Gitaï, 2007 © AGAV Films / Ziv Koren

Amos Gitai Architect of memory

17.09.2014 - 04.01.2015

Dedicated to the work of Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai, this exhibition is a coproduction with the Swiss Film Archive, the Cinemathèque française and Galeries, Brussels. Created from his archives, this multimedia project explores...More

Luc Chessex, Santo Domingo, Equateur, 1971.

© Luc Chessex, Santo Domingo, Equateur, 1971.

Luc Chessex, CCCC (Castro, Coca, Che, Cherchez la femme [Search for the Woman])

04.06.2014 - 24.08.2014

Luc Chessex lived in Cuba from 1961 to 1975. As a member of the Prensa Latina agency and photo editor for the magazine Cuba internacional, he was an involved witness of the revolution. The Musée de l'Elysée is presenting four...More

Matthieu Gafsou, Coca, 2013

Matthieu Gafsou, Coca, 2013 © Matthieu Gafsou / Courtesy Galerie C

Matthieu Gafsou, Only God Can Judge Me

04.06.2014 - 24.08.2014

Winner of the 2009 HSBC Foundation for Photography Prize, and exhibited in reGeneration2 at Musée de l’Elysée the following year, Lausanne photographer Matthieu Gafsou has distinguished himself through his formal and critical...More



Anonymous? On the advantages of the unknown photographer

04.06.2014 - 24.08.2014

Like most museums, the Musée de l’Elysée has in its collection a certain number of works labeled “anonymous”. Little or nothing is known about the creators of these photographs. It is sometimes possible to catch a brief glimpse...More

Philippe Halsman Jumping with Marilyn Monroe, 1959 © 2013 Philippe Halsman Archive

Philippe Halsman, Astonish me ! (copie 1)

29.01.2014 - 11.05.2014

“In my serious work I am striving for the essence of things and for goals which are possibly unobtainable. On the other hand, everything humorous has great attraction for me, and a childish streak leads me into all kinds of...More

A borlette office. Camp Perrin, 2013 © Paolo Woods / Institute

Paolo Woods: State

20.09.2013 - 05.01.2014

In November 2010, Paolo Woods settled in Les Cayes, a city in the south of Haiti. STATE is an exhibition that recounts this islander experience. With an ambition that is both poetic and journalistic, it draws from the universal...More

Sebastião Salgado, Participant au singsing de Mount Hagen, Province des Hautes-Terres occidentales. Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée, 2008 © Sebastião Salgado / Amazonas Images

Sebastião Salgado, Genesis

20.09.2013 - 05.01.2014

Genesis is a global photographic quest in which the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado rediscovers places and peoples that have so far escaped the footprint of modern society. Since 2004, he has undertaken some 30 journeys...More

From the serie In Jesus’ Name, 2012 © Christian Lutz

Christian Lutz, Trilogy

05.06.2013 - 01.09.2013

New York, 2003, spectacular security frenzy around the President of the Swiss Confederation Pascal Couchepin – a striking image to the eye of the photographer present at the scene. Christian Lutz thus invited himself in the...More

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