The Musée d’Elysée in Lausanne is a rarity among art museums in Switzerland and beyond: It is entirely devoted to photography, presenting changing exhibits including works from its extensive collection.
The best of photography at Musée d'Elysée
Currently, there are two shows on the three floors of the museum, whose home is a handsome old mansion with a sublime view of Lake Léman below.
"Werner Bischof, Point de Vue and Helvetica" is a retrospective on one of Switzerland’s most accomplished pioneering photojournalists. The featured black-and-white prints mostly from the 1940s and 50s are a sharp-eyed view of people and cultures from Asia, South America, the U.S. and Europe.
This exhibit at Musée d'Elysée in Lausanne includes an interactive touchscreen that allows you to find, flick and expand by hand Bischof’s images published in various magazines of the time.
The other show, "Anonymous," offers selected images on the theme of "Urban Life in Contemporary Photography." The arresting images, drawn from the museum’s permanent collection, glaringly emphasize human isolation within the urban throng.
These two exhibits will be up until May. For upcoming expos and exciting news on the museum’s future home, check their website.