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.