The Musée de l’Elysée opens the Studio

February 17, 2015

On January 29, the Musée de l’Elysée opens its new discovery space: «The Studio». Dedicated to young visitors and their families, it aims to cultivate curiosity, encourage artistic expression and provide keys to understanding images.

This new space is the expression of the museum’s new cultural mediation policy, offering interactive experiences and enabling young visitors to enjoy a unique experience at the museum. « The Studio » combines games and experimentation through photography exhibitions and workshops.

Located on the top floor of the museum, « The Studio » adjoins theexhibition spaces, establishing a dialogue with them. Echoing thephotography books presented in Photobooks.Elysée, « The Studio » presents an exhibition and activities specially designed for young visitors.Photography books allow considerable creativity. Some artists link texts with images, while others prefer to present their work without text, playing on associations between images. “1, 2, 3, 4, 5... counting with images”, the image association game, “Once Upon a Time There Was... Little Red Riding Hood” and “Zoom on a Swiss story book adventure” all these activities offer young visitors the chance to discover photography in books and immerse themselves in the images of the museum’s collections.

In this space designed by architect Jean-Gilles Décosterd, conviviality and convenience are allied with adjustable, contemporary furniture. It includes a relaxation area where publications and games related to images are made available to visitors. In order to better meet the needs of young people and school groups, the Musée de l’Elysée has established a creative space for image workshops. The discovery space encourages experimentation with images, by presenting the creative process of young photographers, by offering a new approach to the masters of photography and by comparing photography with other art forms