Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai visited the Elysée Museum of Photography in the Swiss city of Lausanne on June 8 to learn about the museum's collections, exhibitions, operations, and marketing of photography.
Founded 30 years ago, the Elysée has accumulated over 100,000 photographs, including those by Italian photographer MarioGiacomelli and war photographer Robert Capa, as well as complete collections of pictures featuring architect Le Corbusier and silentcomedian Charles Chaplin. The museum's committed promotion of humanities education includes organizing extensive international exhibitions.
As the Ministry of Culture prepares to establish a photography cultural center and promote the restoration of old photos later this year, the operations of the Swiss museum provides invaluable insight, said the Minister.
For instance, the Elysée's outdoor International Photo Fair, where photographers present their work on large screens, not only incorporates performing arts, photo exhibitions, and book fairs with gourmet food, it also attracts tens of thousands of visitors to stay overnight for the event.
"It makes photography enter people's lives. This is very thought-provoking,” added the Minister.
The Minister is currently on a ten-day trip to Europe. She is slated to return to Taiwan on June 14.
The Minister is currently on a ten-day trip to Europe. She landed in Switzerland on June 5.
Caroline Recher (right), the museum's collections director, shows Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai a rare portrait of the late British actor Charles Chaplin.
Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai (left) attends a tour of the Swiss photography museum led by Pascal Hufschmid, the museum's international development director.