At the Musée de l’Elysée, we think that accompanying photographers in the evolution of their career is as important as preserving their art for future generations. It is in a shared commitment to foster creativity and support the production of new work that the Musée de l’Elysée enters into a partnership with Parmigiani Fleurier to launch the Prix Elysée.
The Prix Elysée is open to promising photographers or artists using photography, regardless of nationality, who have already enjoyed their first exhibitions and publications. Photographers must be recommended by a reputed professional in the fields of photography, contemporary art, cinema, fashion, journalism or publishing. There is no imposed theme or preference for any particular photographic genre or technique.
The Musée de l’Elysée will select eight nominees upon their entry portfolios. Each will receive a contribution of CHF5’000 towards the initial presentation of an original and new project in the nominees’ book, published for the occasion. This book will accompany the nominees’ complete portfolios in the final consideration before the jury of experts. The winner will receive CHF80’000 to be divided between the completion of the proposed project and the publication of the accompanying book within one year. A curator from the Musée de l’Elysée will advise the winner throughout this process. Both the project and book will be presented at one of the Museum’s most important events, the Nuit des images. The nominees’ and the winner’s books will be printed by one of the Sandoz Family Foundation printing companies.
The eight nominees and the winner of the Prix Elysée will all benefit from important exposure and the Museum’s expert guidance. The call for applications will take place biennially. The first edition of the Prix Elysée is launched in January 2014 and concludes in June 2016.
3 February - 25 April 2014
Late June 2014
Announcement of the eight Prix Elysée nominees at the Nuit des images.
Presentation of the Prix Elysée nominees’ book at the Musée de l’Elysée and the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva in collaboration with Parmigiani Fleurier.
Late June 2015
Announcement of the Prix Elysée winner at the Nuit des images.
Late June 2016
Presentation of the winner’s project and book at the Nuit des images.
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 of more than 100’000 prints and preserves several photographic archives, in particular those of Ella Maillart, Nicolas Bouvier, Charlie Chaplin and René Burri. 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.
The Parmigiani Fleurier story, since its beginnings in 1996, has been built on a powerful conviction: restoring the value of Swiss watchmaking art as heritage, by making it part of an ongoing tradition of manufacturing expertise. One man, Michel Parmigiani, would be the founder, and the Sandoz Family Foundation the principal, and the symbolic town of Fleurier the seat of the brand, the cradle of traditions. Their shared vision for upholding the highest quality Swiss expertise drives them to offer excellence. The brand’s unique culture of watch restoration, passed on by Michel Parmigiani more than thirty years ago, is the keystone of its identity. Palpable inside every modern timepiece, it attests to the “made-to-measure” spirit of Parmigiani Fleurier.
The brand’s major industrial capacity building and organisation since the turn of the 21st Century would definitively seal its independence. Each new Parmigiani creation would now be equipped with an in-house movement. This would give rise to a freedom of creation, enabling the incorporation of styles inspired by treasures from the past, as well as the wildest dreams of the future.