American Friends of the Musée de l'Elysée

Musee de l'Elysee (CH) A Project of M | KBFUS Funds

The Musée de l'Elysée is one of the world's leading museums entirely dedicated to photography. Since its establishment in 1985, it has improved public understanding of photography through innovative exhibitions, key publications and engaging events.

Recognised as a centre of expertise in the field of conservation and enhancement of visual heritage, it holds a unique collection including more than 170'000 positive prints, 800'000 negatives on glass and flexible supports, more than 100'000 plates and slides, around 1'000 albums and portfolios, more than a dozen Collections and full Archives including those of Charles Chaplin, René Burri, Nicolas Bouvier, Ella Maillart. By supporting young photographers, offering new perspectives on the masters and confronting photography with other art forms, the Musée de l'Elysée experiments with the image.

Based in Switzerland, it presents four major exhibitions in Lausanne each year and an average of fifteen in prestigious museums and festivals around the world. Regional by character and international in scope, it seeks to constantly develop new and exciting ways to interact with audiences and collaborate with other institutions.