Musée de l'Élysée

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Musée de l'Élysée
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Musée de l'Élysée
Location18, avenue de l'Élysée, 1014 Lausanne, Switzerland.
Coordinates46°30′35″N 6°37′58″E / 46.5098°N 6.6328°E / 46.5098; 6.6328
DirectorTatyana Franck[1]

Musée de l'Élysée is a museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, entirely devoted to photography. It is a government-supported institution founded in 1985 by Charles-Henri Favrod. It was housed in an 18th-century mansion until October 2020.[2]

The museum is temporarily closed from October 2020 until June 2022, as it is moving to a new building.[3] The new building is designed by Portuguese architects Aires Mateus. It will merge with two other museums; the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts[1]


The collection of more than 100,000 photographs covers the whole range of photographic history and technology from 19th century daguerreotypes to contemporary digital prints. Amongst others, it holds collections of works by Adolphe Braun, who worked at the court of Napolean III, Gabriel Lippmann, Mario Giacomelli, Lucia Moholy, Gilles Caron and Pieter Hugo.[3]

The entire collections of Ella Maillart and Nicolas Bouvier were bequeathed to the museum. In 2011 it acquired Charlie Chaplin's collection of around 10,000 photographs.[4] The museum also holds the collection of Pierre Gilliard, tutor to the children of Emperor Nicholas II of Russia.[5]


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Museum Spotlight: Q&A With Tatyana Franck From Lausanne's Musee De l' Elysee". Huffington Post. 6 July 2015.
  2. ^ Fete ses 25 ans[permanent dead link] Regeneration2 Press Kit
  3. ^ a b Musée de l'Élysée. Collections. Photographers. Retrieved 1 November 2020
  4. ^ "Chaplin at the Musée de l'Elysée". Musée de l'Elysée. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  5. ^ Girardin, Daniel; Gilliard, Pierre (2005). Précepteur des Romanov - Le destin russe de Pierre Gilliard. Arles: Actes Sud. ISBN 978-2-742-75401-4.
  6. ^ "2016 Lucie Awards". Retrieved 3 January 2017.

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