Humanitarian Principles. Here & Now

From October 15, 2019 to December 31, 2022

How can art help us understand Humanitarian Principles?

As part of a collaboration with Swiss Humanitarian Aid and in conversation with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the Photo Elysée gave a carte blanche to ten artists from French-speaking Switzerland to create a new film, sharing their vision of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality and Independence. By means of these original shorts, the artists examine the impact of the Humanitarian Principles from a fresh, local and contemporary perspective.

Travelling exhibition

Following the Musée de l’Elysée’s successful collaboration with the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the exhibition Jean Mohr. War from the Victim’s Perspective (which was presented in 59 venues in 25 countries throughout the world), Humanitarian Principles. Here & Now is a contemporary art installation produced by the Musée de l’Elysée and the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in conversation with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Swiss Embassies throughout the world will have the chance to present Humanitarian Principles. Here & Now in their local context, with every presentation of the contemporary art installation translated into the local language and held in a venue that is open to all publics and free of charge. As such, this project represents an important opportunity to showcase the work of Swiss artists in many countries.

From October 24, 2019 to February 2020: Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela
From December 2 to December 8, 2019: ArtHall D12, Desyatynna Str. 12, Kiev, Ukraine
From December 4, 2019 to March 22, 2020: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, Geneva, Switzerland 
From December 13, 2019 to January 5, 2020: CaixaForum, Madrid, Spain
From January 8 to January 15, 2020: Apteka Sztuki Gallery, Warsaw, Poland
From October 22 to November 23, 2020: Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków, Poland
From November 15 to December 31, 2020: Senado de la República, Avenida de Reforma, Mexico City, Mexico
From May 24 to June 11, 2021 : Delegates Entrance, UN Building, New York, United States
From July 29, 2021 : Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago, Chili
From September 20 to October 19, 2021 : Fire Station Art Gallery, Doha, Qatar
From October 2 to 31, 2021 : Maison franco-japonaise and Ebisu Garden Place, Tokyo, Japan
From October 4 to 15, 2021 : Moynihan Plaza, Washington D.C, United States
From October 16, 2021 to February 28, 2022 : Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington D.C., United States

Virtual tour

Virtual tour


Photo Elysée, the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ICRC wish to express their deep gratitude to everyone who has contributed to the realisation of this project. Special thanks go to the artists for their enthusiasm and commitment to this project. We would also like to extend our gratitude to all humanitarian workers around the world for putting their own lives at risk to help the people affected by natural disaster and armed conflict.

Project Conception: Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Pascal Hufschmid
Project Coordinator: Hannah Pröbsting
Education Expert: Afshan Heuer


This project is the result of a partnership between the Musée de l’Elysée and the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in conversation with the ICRC.


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