December 18, 2011

The new year is nearly upon us, and it’s just two months to go until the opening of photobooth exhibition at the Musée de l’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland. We mentioned the show here back in September, and in the intervening months, we’ve been working on our contribution to the exhibition, and hearing from others in the community about the show. If you’re a fan of the history and art of the photobooth, it’s safe to say that it would be a good idea to find a way to make it to Switzerland between February and May of next year.

From the museum’s website:

When the first photobooths were set up in Paris in 1928, the Surrealists used them heavily and compulsively. Within minutes, and for a small price, the machine offered them, in the field of portraiture, an experience similar to automatic writing. Since then, generations of artists have been fascinated by the photobooth concept. From Andy Warhol to Arnulf Rainer, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman and Gillian Wearing, many used it to play with their identity, tell stories, or simply create worlds.

The show includes over 300 exhibits and brings together different media — oil paintings, lithographs, edited films /videos and screenings — revealing the extent of the influence of the photobooth within the artistic community.

I’ll be attending the opening, and I look forward to meeting some of the other artists, historians, and enthusiasts who will be in attendance, as well as old friends from the community who will be making the trip from the U.S. and elsewhere in Europe. We will report back on the show for those who aren’t able to make it. Let us know if you’re coming and we’ll make a point of meeting up in snowy Lausanne.


  1. 1

    Do you know the date of the show in Switzerland? Is there any other coming shows you know?

    Thank you, Max

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    The show at the Musée de L’Elysee runs from February 17 to May 20, 2012. That’s the only thing on the calendar I know about now, but I’m sure more will pop up.

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    What date is the opening? Is it the 17th?

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    The opening event is on the night of the 16th, and then the show officially begins on the 17th.

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    Do you have the point of meeting up in Lausanne? Max

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    I figure we’ll all see each other at the museum at some point… Maybe we’ll settle on something as we get closer. I’ll post any info I have here.

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    Do you have a fixed date of the point of meeting?