The collections : donations and acquisitions 2018

November 13, 2018

© Reto Duriet


Donations 2018

Yang Fudong by the Yuz Foundation

The Musée de l’Elysée is delighted to announce the exceptional donation of eleven photographs that make up the complete series ‘International Hotel’ taken by the Chinese artist Yang Fudong in Shanghai in 2010. Having already provided the museum with financial support for its move to PLATEFORME 10, the Yuz Foundation, set up by the Chinese-Indonesian art collector Budi Tek, is behind this donation worth 500,000 Swiss Francs.

Laurent Elie Badessi by the Trepper Takayama Fine Arts Gallery

Following the exhibition The Beauty of Lines. Masterpieces from the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Collection held at the beginning of 2018, Martha Takayama, Director of the Tepper Takayama Fine Arts gallery in Boston, decided to offer the museum two prints from the series Skin by the French photographer Laurent Elie Badessi (1964). Female and Male on Wrinkles and Man’s Back, Horse’s Back, both taken in 1996, have thus joined the contemporary section of the Musée de l’Elysée’s collections, and more specifically, the collection devoted to the representation of the body, a theme of which Laurent Elie Badessi is one of the major representatives.

Kaspar Fleischmann

Kaspar M. Fleischmann, born in 1945, is a Swiss collector and gallery owner, specialised in early photography. After his studies Economics at Saint-Gallen University and an education in IT at Stanford University, California, Kaspar Fleischmann studied Ethnology at Zurich University and took part to an expedition in Turkey to complete his Diploma’s thesis on the “Ethnological Field Work with the Help of Photography”. In 2018, Kaspar Fleischmann gave the Musée de l’Elysée the great honour of entrusting it with the entire working library that accompanied his practice as a gallery owner. This major donation includes more than a thousand monographic and theoretical works, each of which enriches the specialized library of the Musée de l’Elysée in a beautiful way.

Other donations
• Jacques Berthet (1949, Switzerland), archives from the series Vestiges industriels, in addition to prints already present in the collections of the Musée de l’Elysée. Donation by the photographer
• Steeve Iuncker (1969, Switzerland), print from the series Betty, 1998. Donation by Antoine Bellwald – LE BOCAL, Geneva
• Viktor Marutchenko, 2 prints taken after the Tchernobyl catastrophy, 1986. Donation by Jacques Moser, Lausanne
• Steven Paul Whitsitt, 3 prints from the series Michael Jackson as Chaplin. Donation by the photographer


Acquisitions 2018

Pascal Convert

In March 2016, the artist and documentary filmmaker Pascal Convert took 3D photographs of the Bâmiyân cliff that housed three giant Buddhas, over a thousand years old, which were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. He obtained an image of the monument on a scale of 1:1, and chose to print it using a platinum-palladium technique, a procedure dating back to the end of the 19th century. The result is a monumental artwork of 1.66 by 16.50 meters, named Panoramic of the Bâmiyân cliff, Afghanistan, a veritable “photographic object whose visual and tactile qualities are that of a direct imprint”.


Following his forced exile to France from Iran, his country of origin, Payram (1959, Iran) abandoned writing for photography and the art of printing. Twenty years later, during a trip to Syria, he immersed himself in the world of Syrian craftsmen, evoking for him the Iran of his grandparents. The stone quarries in Latakia, the steel market in Damascus and the soap factories of Aleppo are some of the places he captures on Polaroid 55 and that make up the series Syria 55. Eight Polaroids from this series, shot between 2002 and 2006, join this year the museum’s collections.

Other acquisitions
• Michael Ackerman (1967, Israël), Men, 2017, portfolio, Immanences éditions Anne-Laure Buzot, Florent Fajole & Nicolas Peyre, publishing partners
• Anonym, a daguerreotype representing Christophe Moehrlen (1800-1871) and his family, 1847
• Israel Ariño (1974, Spain), print Untitled, from the series Atlas, 2012 ; 3 prints Untitled, from the serise The gravity of the place, 2016 ; 2 ambrotypes The Centenary Children, 2013 and The Necromancer Sisters, 2013
• Viktoria Binschtok (1972, Russia), Golden Horn & Golden Case, 2017, 2 prints on floating frame
• Ben Cauchi (1974, New Zealand), Untitled, 2017, ambrotype
• Paul Cottin Archives, batch of photo books for children
• Mat Collishaw (1966, UK), Vetri Rosa, artist’s book published by the editions Take5, Geneva, in fifty exemplaries
• Feng Li (1971, China), White night in Paris, artist’s book, selfpublished, 2017
• Bertrand Gadenne (1951, France), The Virgin Vine, 1983, projection photographic installation (diapositive)
• Agnès Geoffray (1973, France), The impassive 3, 2018, print
• Ali Kazma (1971, Turkey), Recto Verso, artist’s book published by the editions Take5, Geneva, in 30 exemplaries
• Manon Lanjouère (1993, France), Ask the dust. The Footprint of Heaven, book-object made by the artis

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