Exhibitions catalogues

René Burri, Explosions of Sight

The result of extensive research and the cataloguing of Burri's photographic archive carried out by the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne since 2013, this book is an intimate portrait of a brilliant, perpetually creating mind, revealing the diversity and richness of his perspective on the world.

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Jan Groover, photographer: Laboratory of Forms

"Formalism is everything": Jan Groover's statement alone sums up the plastic ambition of a work that today embodies one of the key moments in the history of photography and the genre of still life.

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Everything is up in the air, thus our vertigo

The latest work of the Swiss photographer Yann Mingard, offers us a both subjective and documented reading of the world’s ecological drift. He takes us to the other side of the postcard, towards the abysses, into the entrails of rock slides, uprooted trees and torrential lava flows.

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Martine Franck

A book published by Éditions Xavier Barral, reproducing nearly 300 photographs and diverse documents accompanies the exhibition. With a preface by Agnès Sire, texts by Anne Lacoste and Dominique Eddé, and a biography by Cécile Gaillard with Aude Raimbault.  

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Liu Bolin / Le théâtre des apparences

Published by the Musée de l'Elysée on the occasion of Liu Bolin's first monographic exhibition in Switzerland, this catalogue brings together for the first time an exceptional collection of works by the artist in China between 2005 and 2013. 

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Matthias Bruggmann. An Act of Unspeakable Violence

The photographs of Matthias Bruggmann take a critical look at the representation of the atrocities of war. They give Westerners a more nuanced picture of the reality of an armed conflict and blur the boundaries between photojournalism and contemporary artistic photography. 

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Jean Dubuffet. The photographic tool

Jean Dubuffet distinguishes himself by the importance he gives to documenting his work and his creative process, from his "Journaux des travaux", in which he transcribes the techniques used for each work, to the many texts he writes about his work and his approach to art.

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Lartigue, la vie en couleurs

Lartigue, la vie en couleurs life in colour is a magnificent opportunity to discover an unpublished part of Jacques Henri Lartigue's work, his colour photographs having so far been only very partially shown and remaining, in their great majority, perfectly unknown. 

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The Beauty of lines. The Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Collection

Collection - Musée de l'Elysée #6

Over the course of four decades, Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla have put together a collection of photographs that is widely recognized as among the World's most important private ones.

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Conquistador - Nicolas Savary

CONQUISTADOR is a photographic project inspired by the archives of Louis de Boccard (1866-1956), unearthed and brought together by the author, in Switzerland in 2009, and later in Argentina and Paraguay in 2014, during an artistic residency.

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Gus Van Sant/Icônes

On the occasion of the Gus Van Sant’s film retrospective and travelling exhibition, the Cinémathèque française, the Cinémathèque suisse, the Musée de l’Elysée and the Museo Nazionale del Cinema of Turin coedited a book, published by Actes Sud in 2016.

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Unfamiliar Familiarities. Outside Views on Switzerland

Switzerland’s image has been significantly shaped by photographs dedicated to tourism. With spectacular mountain panoramas, rural idylls or portraits of local people the country could be successfully marketed, and these photographs also made an important contribution towards national identity. Another consequence, however, was that the respective pictorial repertoire became inflated and stereotyped. 

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Slides. The History of Projected Photography

Collection - Musée de l'Elysée #5

Although the history of photography was built around prints, there were significant developments in slides from the last third of the nineteenth century, renewing the tradition of magic lanterns. Photographic projection offers a unique field of exploration involving a wide variety of forms, protagonists and places spanning a period of over one hundred and fifty years. Its history tells of the dissemination of knowledge, the quest for color and stereoscopy, the boom in amateur photography, and the medium’s integration into the contemporary art scene from the 1960s. Amateurs, professional photographers, publishers, artists, architects and designers have joined forces here to describe the specificities of the slide and show its impact on visual culture.

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Vertical No Limit. Mountain Photography

Collection - Musée de l'Elysée #4

The book presents 150 photographs mainly taken from the museum’s collections, illustrating the directions in which mountain photography has developed (science, tourism, mountaineering, art), as well as the formal aspects used by photographers from 1840 to the present

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Wojciech Zamecznik: Photography in all its forms

Collection - Musée de l'Elysée #3

The artist Wojciech Zamecznik (1923–1967) was an influential figure on the postwar Polish art scene. The catalogue presents the multidisciplinary and experimental nature of Wojciech Zamecznik’s photographic work.

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The Memory of the Future. Photographic Dialogues between Past, Present and Future

Collection - Musée de l'Elysée #2

The second volume in the “Collection - Musée de l’Elysée” illustrates the rich diversity of photographic techniques, showcasing the Musée de l’Elysée’s collections. Tatyana Franck conducts two interviews, one with Anne Cartier-Bresson, enabling the reader to retrace the history of photographic processes and understand contemporary photographers’ fascination with these early techniques. The other, with the artist Oscar Muñoz, looks at his career path and conceptual approach. An article by Martin Vetterli, director of the LCAV at EPFL, offers a scientific perspective of image reproduction technologies.

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Steeve Iuncker Se mettre au monde

Artist book published on the occasion of the exhibition Into the World, available by the end of August 2016 at the bookshop. 

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Werner Bischof Helvetica

Collection - Musée de l'Elysée #1

Helvetica is the first volume in the new “Collection – Musée de l’Elysée”, and illustrates Werner Bischof’s Swiss work. The previously-unpublished contact sheets he produced between 1932 and 1945 give an understanding of his taste for abstraction and form.

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Anonymous, Urban Life in Contemporary Photography

On the occasion of the exhibition Anonymous, Urban Life in Contemporary Photography the Musée de l’Elysée offers visitors a guide booklet to accompany them through the exhibition and encourage them to continue thinking about it after they leave. The detailed articles for each section and a text about each artist will give visitors an in-depth understanding of the exhibition.

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La mémoire des images

Catalogue Coordination: Silvio Corsini, BCU, Anne Lacoste, Musée de l’Elysée, and Olivier Lugon, UNIL.

The Musée de l’Elysée and the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne (BCU) are publishing the first book devoted to the iconographic collection of the Canton of Vaud, illustrated with some one hundred images from the collection.

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Des photos à lire et à compter - Children book

This alphabet primer presents a selection of photographs from the iconographic collection of the Musée de l’Elysée. It is designed to help children learn to read.

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Supervised by Anne Lacoste et Lydia Dorner

reGeneration3 brings together fifty artists with twenty-five different nationalities, representing some forty art institutions. Their work is distinguished by their multidisciplinarity, ranging from printing and photographic series, artists’ books, multimedia installations, videos, projections, films and performances, to on-site installations.

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