Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
Time: February 16, 2011 to May 15, 2011
Location: Musée de l'Elysée
Street: 18, avenue de l'Elysée 1014
City/Town: Lausanne - Switzerland
Website or Map: http://www.elysee.ch/
Phone: +41 21 316 99 11
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: Musée de l'Elysée
Latest Activity: Feb 16, 2011
A major figure in Swiss photography, Hans Steiner was part of the golden age of Swiss photojournalism (1930s and 1940s).
The Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, is entirely devoted to photography. There are more than 100,000 original prints from the 19th and 20th centuries in the archives, including a unique collection of Gabriel Lippmann’s revolutionary early colour photographs and a representative selection of work by artists such as Francis Frith, Robert Cappa, John Phillips and Marco Giacomelli.
The Musée de l’Elysée wishes to restore the reputation of this great but unjustly forgotten photographer, with an emphasis on his modernist vision of society.
A privileged witness, both unconventional and decidedly optimistic of a society starting to focus on consumption, Steiner offers a different and more urban vision of Switzerland, in which women, sport, entertainment and advertising gain a new visibility.
This exhibition has the dual aim of showing the most representative and the most attractive of Steiner’s images and of offering a contemporary perspective on a historical subject.
Hans Steiner left an archive of nearly 100,000 photographs. These are images form Steiner’s existential manifesto, between art and document, fiction and event. In thirty minutes, and with nearly three hundred photographs, the viewer can travel through the 20th century, including the history of photography, the history of Switzerland and the original destiny of a photographer.
After being shown in Lausanne, the Hans Steiner: Chronique de la vie moderne exhibition will go on a national tour starting at the Fotostiftung in Winterthour (28th May - 9th October 2011), the Médiathèque Valais – Martigny (29th October 2011 - 29th January 2012) and the Museo Villa dei Cedri de Bellinzona (10th March 2012 - 3rd June 2012).
The Hans Steiner: Chronique de la vie moderne exhibition has been made possible through close collaboration between different institutions. The extraordinary collection of images in possession of the Musée de l’Elysée has undergone extensive restoration, development, digitisation and promotion, led by the museum in partnership with Unil, Memoriav, the Swiss Institute for the Conservation of Photography in Neuchâtel and the Büro für Fotografiegeschichte in Bern.
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