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Nathalie Herschdorfer new director of the Musée Cantonal for Photography in Lausanne


The Plateforme 10 Foundation, which brings together three Vaud cantonal museums on the site of the new Quartier des Arts in Lausanne, announces the appointment of Nathalie Herschdorfer as the new director of Photo Élysée, Musée Cantonal pour la Photographie.

Nathalie Herschdorfer is a curator, art historian and photo historian, and currently directs the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Le Locle, Switzerland, whose reputation she has steadily increased since taking up her post in 2014. Her appointment as director of Photo Élysée marks a return to her roots for the Lausanne native, having already worked for the museum for over ten years as curator and exhibition director (from 1998 to 2010).

Nathalie Herschdorfer convinced the selection jury with her in depth knowledge of photography and her experience in museum management as well as her national and international cultural network. Her strategic thinking, as well as her ideas for the further development of Photo Élysée in close cooperation with all teams of Plateforme 10 particularly convinced the commission. She will take up her post on 1 June 2022.

“Photo Élysée is one of the most prestigious museums in the world of photography. I am delighted to return to the museum and take over its management as it opens a new chapter in its history. From now on, photography will no longer be isolated, but will interact with other arts. Within this new dynamic cultural center for Lausanne and its region, Photo Elysée will experience unprecedented development. This is a great challenge to be met. With the new building that Photo Élysée shares with the mudac, and with its close proximity to the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, it will represent a new generation of cultural institutions – a 21st century museum open to all. I look forward to joining Plateforme 10 and its teams, building a strong programme for Photo Élysée and championing the vibrancy of Lausanne’s arts district.”
Nathalie Herschdorfer

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