About

Address
Centre de la Photographie Genève
Bâtiment d’Art Contemporain
28, rue des Bains
CH – 1205 Genève
T: + 41 22 329 28 35
Email: cpg@centrephotogeneve.ch
 

Access
Publics transportation
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
 

Accessibility
The CPG is accessible to people with reduced mobility, a bell is placed at the entrance to the building, rue des Bains 28, for any request for assistance. For the visually impaired, the texts of the exhibitions are available at reception in large print with improved contrast. For people sensitive to noise and the environment (autistic people, social anxiety, etc.), it is possible to visit the exhibition outside visiting hours on request (Monday-Friday between 09:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m.). Do not hesitate to contact the CPG team for any request related to accessibility issues.
 
 

Opening hours
Tuesday – Sunday
12:00 – 18:00

 

The CPG will be closed on 24, 25, 31 December 2022 and 1 January 2023.


Admission fees
Full price 5 CHF
Reduced 3 CHF
AVS, AI, students, apprentices, artists, Card “20 ans/20 francs” and groups of 10
Free
Under 18 years old; Members of the Centre of Photography Geneva, the Amamco, the Centre of Contemporary Art; art students (photography, art history, fine arts, applied arts), teachers, ICOM members and journalists.
Free the first Sunday of the month.
 

Team
Direction : Danaé Panchaud
Administration :  Marco Dos Santos Oliveira and Sabine Ray
Coordination and communication : Claus Gunti
Technical : Vanessa Bianchini
Reception : Murat Aysan, Pape Diop, Sonia Felix
 

History

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.


Association Committee
Charles Pictet, Président
Stéphanie Barbey
Thierry Dana
Renaud de Planta
Guillaume de Sardes
Pauline Gygax
Aurélie Pétrel
Nathalie Rodach
Sylvie Vautier Picasso
 

Imprint
Art Direction : NASK
Development : Fragment.in