The Musée de l’Elysée in 2019

November 13, 2018

Martine Franck, Piscine conçue par Alain Capeillères, Le Brusc, été 1976 © Martine Franck Magnum Photos

The Musée de l'Elysée is pleased to present the 2019 programme. 

Until January 27, 2019
Liu Bolin. The Theatre of Appearances

The first museum exhibition in Switzerland of Liu Bolin’s work, The Theater of Appearances brings together almost fifty monumental photographs and several sculptures illustrating the main themes addressed by the Chinese artist over his career: the political and economic strategies of the Chinese government, ancestral traditions and religious and cultural symbols, individual or collective acts of resistance, the transformation of the urban environment, ecological damages and a hyper-consumerist society.


Until January 27, 2019
Matthias Bruggmann. An Act of Unspeakable Violence

Matthias Bruggmann is the winner of the second edition of the Prix Elysée, with the support of Parmigiani Fleurier, for his project on Syria. Hoping to “bring, to Western viewers, a visceral comprehension of the intangible violence that underlies conflict”, he takes the gamble of hiding nothing in his explicit and brutal pictures. Taken in the field, they force the viewer to slow down and take stock of the war — geographically distant, admittedly, but made omnipresent by the media. 


From February 20 to May 5, 2019
Martine Franck

Wishing to showcase the pioneering work of female photographers in the 20th century, the Musée de l’Elysée is presenting a major retrospective dedicated to Martine Franck (1938-2012). Conceived by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris and co-produced with the Musée de l’Elysée, this exhibition, exceptional in its scope, gathers almost 140 photographs, some of which have never been shown before and many of them chosen by the photographer herself.


From February 20th to May 5th, 2019
Vasantha Yogananthan. A Myth of Two Souls

With the aim of supporting and promoting contemporary institutional creation, the Musée de l’Elysée is presenting the first exhibition of Vasantha Yogananthan’s project A Myth of Two Souls. Born in 1985, a self-taught photographer of French-Tamil origin, Yogananthan belongs to a generation that likes to blur the lines between fiction and reality. This series was inspired by the Ramayana, a fundamental epic poem from Hindu mythology written in Sanskrit somewhere between the 3rd century BCE and the 3rd century CE. Constantly updated, the Ramayana can be seen by Western readers as an invitation to understand India beyond mere exoticism.


From May 29 to August 25, 2019
Yann Mingard. Everything is up in the air, thus our vertigo

The project Everything is up in the air, thus our vertigo was created by Swiss photographer Yann Mingard between 2015 and 2018. It presents another milestone in the artist‘s career-long interest in creating „photographic diagnostics of contemporaneity“ in connection to large-scale natural, technological and social phenomena and their impact on our current state of mind and of the world at large. Besides being a european premiere, the exhibition also represents the Musée de l’Elysée’s continuing commitment and support of emerging and mid-career Swiss artists in line with shows such as the ones by Nicolas Savary and Matthias Bruggmann.


From September 18 2019 to January 5, 2020
Jan Groover

This exhibition looks back for the first time over the life’s work of Jan Groover (1943-2012), the American photographer whose personal collection was added to the Musée de l’Elysée’s collections in 2017. Based on a selection of archives from her personal collections, the exhibition will evoke not only the artist’s years in New York but also her years in France – a less known part of her career. The exhibition displays the results of the considerable research into the collection conducted by the museum – from the perspective both of conservation (in-depth analyses of processes and photographic materials, restoration processes) as well as historical documentation (contextualising the work and its critical and institutional reception). 

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