The Memory of the Future

Photographic Dialogues between Past, Present and Future

May 25 – August 28, 2016

With the exhibition The Memory of the Future. Photographic Dialogues between Past, Present and Future, the Musée de l’Elysée encourages contemporary artists to take a close look at photography as a medium, innovates as it reveals a 3D digitization technology developed by Artmyn, a spin-off from Lausanne’s Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), and displays its unique visual heritage.

The exhibition opens up a dialogue between the work of the pioneers of photographic techniques (the past), those of contemporary artists that breathe new life into these skills (the present), and avant-garde technologies that update these early processes (the future).

Works from the museum’s collections, contemporary artists and new technologies come face to face and join forces to give a brand new vision of the history of photography.

A book covering the exhibition is also available


Tatyana Franck, Musée de l’Elysée, assisted by Lydia Dorner and Emilie Delcambre


Jean-François Aimé

Featured artists

Takashi Arai | Israel Ariño | Anna Atkins | Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand | Pierre Cordier | Bernd & Hilla Becher | Martin Becka | Binh Danh | Jayne Hinds Bidaut | John Dugdale | Dan Estabrook | Jean-Gabriel Eynard | Joan Fontcuberta | Dennis Gabor | Loris Gréaud | JR | Idris Khan | Laure Ledoux | Gustave Le Gray | Gabriel Lippmann | Vera Lutter | Christian Marclay | Mathew Brady | Vik Muniz | Oscar Muñoz | Eadweard Muybridge | France Scully Osterman & Mark Osterman | Andreas Müller-Pohle | Florio Puenter & Dino Simonett | Benjamin Recordon | Jerry Spagnoli | Joni Sternbach | James Turrell | Martial Verdier | Paul Vionnet | Jean Walther | Pierre Wetzel | Victoria Will | Nancy Wilson-Pajic

Anna Atkins, Adiantum tenerum (Jamaica), c. 1852 © Wilson Centre for Photography

John Dugdale, Mourning Tulips, 1999 © The John Dugdale Studio

Anonyme, Portrait d’une fillette, 1860-1870, © Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne

Victoria Will, Kristen Stewart, 2014 © Victoria Will


The exhibition The Memory of the Future receives the generous support of the Loterie Romande, the Leenaards Foundation and the Engagement Migros development fund, innovation partner of the Musée de l’Elysée.

3D digitization is made possible thanks to Artmyn.


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Exhibition poster

Exhibition catalogue

Tatyana Franck, Anne Cartier-Bresson, Martin Vetterli and Oscar Muñoz

Noir sur Blanc / Musée de l’Elysée, mai 2016

ISBN 9782882504227
152 pages, 21 x 27.2cm
CHF  47.-

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Exhibition booklet

From Gabriel Lippmann to James Turrell, including Robert Cornelius and Oscar Muñoz, download the artists' biographies.

Download the exhibition booklet (PDF)

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