The Musée de l’Elysée in 2018

October 31, 2017

Robert Mapplethorpe, Chest, 1987 © Robert Mapplethorpe

The Musée de l'Elysée is pleased to present the 2018 programme. 

Launching of the 3rd edition of the Prix Elysée (2018- 2020) with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier

Call for applications from January 1st to March 4 As the Musée de l’Elysée is dedicated to support photographers in the evolution of their career, the Prix Elysée was created in 2014. The Prix Elysée is a prize to support photography and the fruit of a partnership between the Musée de l’Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier.


From January 31 to May 6
Exhibition : The Beauty of Lines. Masterpieces from the Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla collection 

The exhibition presents a selection of masterpieces from the history of photography, part of the collection of Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla. Based in New York, it includes over 1500 original prints by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Through visual confrontations, the visitor is invited to experience the power of the photographic line through these sublime works. 


From January 31 to May 6
Exhibition: Nicolas Savary. Conquistador

In the footsteps of Louis de Boccard, a Swiss explorer in the real world (1889-1956) Conquistador is a photographic project built on the very dense archive of the life of Louis de Boccard (1866-1956), a Swiss man of the lower nobility of Fribourg, exiled in Argentina at the end of the 1880s and deceased in Paraguay in 1956. Nicolas Savary, a Lausanne photographer, fortuitously came into possession of this archive, first in Switzerland and then in Paraguay, as part of a research project during an artistic residency in South America in 2014. 


From May 30 to September 23
Jean Dubuffet. The photographic tool

The exhibition presents the first study of the photographic archive conserved at the Fondation Dubuffet, highlighting the artistic production of the artist (paintings, architectural models and elements of the show Coucou Bazar). 


From May 30 to September 23
Jacques Henri Lartigue. Life in Color

The exhibition Jacques Henri Lartigue. Life in Color reveals a totally unknown aspect of his work. Color photographs are omnipresent in his lifetime albums, yet they have never been shown or exhibited as such. Not only are the photographs presented for the first time or just about, but they also reveal an unknown facet of the artist.


Saturday, June 23
Nuit des images, 8th edition

On the program of the 8th edition: a tribute to a great name in photography, the announcement of the eight nominees of the third edition of the Prix Elysée, original projections, cartes blanches to the HEAD and the Filature in Mulhouse, and an installation in partnership with Pierre Leguillon and Christoph Schifferli, inspired by the books in the Musée de l’Elysée’s library. The Musée de l’Elysée will also focus on humanitarian principles with the presentation of the work of Matthias Bruggmann and a project in partnership with the Swiss government’s Development and Cooperation Agency.


From October 17, 2018, to January 27, 2019
Exhibition: Matthias Bruggmann

Matthias Bruggmann (Swiss, born in 1978 in Aix-en-Provence, France) is the winner of the second edition of the Prix Elysée for his project A haunted world where it never shows. Building on the framework of his prior work on contemporary conflicts, he proposed to continue a long-term photographic project launched in 2012, documenting the conflict in Syria. 

From October 17, 2018, to January 27, 2019
Exhibition: Liu Bolin

This retrospective exhibition brings together some 70 monumental photographs linked to the major themes addressed in the work of the Chinese photographer and performer, Liu Bolin: Chinese culture and tradition, politics and censure, consumer society and the transformation of the environment. In 2005, his series Hiding in the City was.



LabElysée is the museum’s new experimental space dedicated to digital culture. Through interactive installations, workshops, conferences and a Web platform, LabElysée invites the visitor to forge the museum of the digital age. 


The Museum Worldwide

June 8 to October 7
Charlie Chaplin at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai  

A vision is a major exhibition proposed by the Musée de l’Elysée and co-produced by the Yuz Museum, Shanghai. Presented in chronological order, its aim is to help us to better understand the modernity of Charles Chaplin and of his timeless character by shedding a new light on their deep humanism.



April 26-28
International symposium Rising to the challenge. Digital innovation in museums.

There is no contesting the fact that digital technology has become increasingly important in the museum sector. In view of the opening of the new mcb-a (Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts), the Musée de l’Elysée, the Musée Cantonal de la Photographie and mudac (Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts) in 2021, grouped together under the name of PLATEFORME 10, the aim of this international symposium is to examine the roles and objectives of digital innovation in today’s museums by exploring the most recent experiences and by proposing a glimpse into the future.


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