Bâtiment d’Art Contemporain
28, rue des Bains
CH – 1205 Genève
T: + 41 22 329 28 35
Bus 1 — stop at Ecole-de-Médecine
Tram 13 / 15 — stop at Place du Cirque
Tram 12 — stop at Rond-Point de Plainpalais
Public parking : Plainpalais
The library is currently being indexed and will eventually be accessible to the public (on-site consultation by appointment).
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 20:00 (Free entrance from 18:00)
Saturday and Sunday
11:00 – 20:00
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
11:00 – 18:00
Reduced 3 CHF
AVS, AI, students, apprentices, artists, Card “20 ans/20 francs” and groups of 10
Under 18 years old; Members of the Centre of Photography Geneva, the Amamco, the Centre of Contemporary Art; specialized students (photography, art history, fine arts, decorative arts) and journalists.
Free the first Sunday of the month.
The Centre de la photographie Genève (CPG) is a research laboratory into new forms of presenting and thinking about the photography of today in an institutional setting.
The CPG was founded by 11 Genevan photographers in 1984 to champion photography as one of the fine arts. Today, now that the historical avant-gardes and the new avant-gardes have taken up photography and it has become an integral part of contemporary art, the focus has shifted. In the course of the last 20 years, major work relating to historical context and theory has been carried out with regard to all photographic practices, putting vernacular photography at the forefront. With the standardisation of photography driven by digital technology, the functioning of our consumer societies is no longer conceivable without it. It is this new situation that makes a place for thought devoted specifically to photography necessary.
Since 2001 the CPG has therefore been developing an interest in all kinds of means of producing, disseminating and presenting photography while at the same time increasing its number of lectures, colloquiums and publications. This new stance has been developed with the “documentary style” and “Visual Culture” as its main themes, in constant dialogue with the other arts.
Every year the CPG stages an average of four to seven solo or thematic exhibitions, as well as one or two extramural ones. Since 2007 it has published between two and four books a year with its own publishing house, Éditions Centre de la photographie Genève, and since 2014 the books have been distributed by Les presses du réel.
The CPG has organised the 50JPG (50 Jours pour la photographie à Genève) photography triennial since 2003, in collaboration with over 30 museums, art centres, galleries, libraries and fringe venues in Geneva and the surrounding area. Since 2007 when it moved into the Bâtiment d’art contemporain (BAC) where the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain (Mamco) and the Centre d’art Contemporain are also located, the CPG has been the third protagonist in the contemporary art scene in Geneva.
Administrative director : Sabine Ray from September 1, 2022
Exhibition coordinator : Claus Gunti
Administrative assistant : Marco Dos Santos Oliveira
Technical manager : Vanessa Bianchini
Guillaume de Sardes
Sylvie Vautier Picasso