Photographs are representative of reality – or of alternatives to reality. See the world through a lens at the Fotomuseum in Winterthur. A unique European centre of excellence for photographic art has been established, thanks to collaboration with the Fotostiftung Schweiz.
The Centre for Photography is Switzerland's leading centre of competence for photography and photo-based art. It ranks among the Art Museums of Switzerland: ten world-class museums representing enjoyment of art at the highest level. The two independent institutions each have a different aim in the jointly run centre: while the emphasis of the Fotostiftung Schweiz is on Swiss photography from its beginnings to the present, with a particular focus on Swiss photography from the 20th century, the Winterthur Museum of Photography presents and examines international, contemporary photography in the context of themed group exhibitions and individual works by renowned photographers.
The Museum of Photography in Winterthur was established in 1993 and is a leading light in presenting and examining photography and visual culture. Taking the photographic work of well-known names as well as young up-and-coming talent as a basis, the institution considers contemporary issues and combines the history of photography with a glimpse of its future. The Winterthur Museum of Photography explores all aspects of the medium. The museum places the artistic, technical and cultural manifestations of photography in meaningful context and critically reflects creative conditions. The museum keeps its finger on the pulse in theoretical and practical terms and takes an experimental approach in its juxtaposition of the different forms of knowledge production. The museum uses its collection (which starts in 1960) to write the story of photography and to promote an understanding of the medium.
Interaction and dialogue are central to the Winterthur Museum of Photography. Aiming to promote visual and media literacy, it places photographic techniques and processes in a broad social and political context. Reflective, self-determined and creative use of media is central to these efforts. The Winterthur Museum of Photography constantly surprises with its exhibitions, curated formats and publications, provoking discussion and offering new perspectives.
The Fotostiftung Schweiz in Winterthur, founded in 1971, is dedicated to the preservation, acquisition and presentation of photographic works. On behalf of the Federal Office of Culture, it administrates around 80 archives of outstanding photographers, as well as an extensive collection of Swiss photography. Together, this contains around 50,000 original prints of work, 250,000 archive prints, and more than 1 million negatives and slides. Represented here are works by Walter Bosshard, Marianne Breslauer, Nicolas Faure, Henriette Grindat, René Groebli, Monique Jacot, Herbert Matter, Gotthard Schuh, Emil Schulthess, Hans Staub, Jakob Tuggener, and others. The Fotostiftung regularly organises exhibitions on its premises in Winterthur and abroad, issues publications and supports present-day photography in Switzerland by purchasing contemporary work. The “Collections online” is a database that has been made available to the public for targeted research and digital use. Together with the Fotomuseum Winterthur, the Fotostiftung Schweiz also administrates a public library dealing with photography.
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