Founded in Winterthur, Switzerland in 1993, Fotomuseum is a leading venue for the display and discussion of photography. Through exhibitions, publications, events, and the building of a collection (dating from 1960 to the present day) the museum explores the diversity of photographic media. Our programme presents the history of photography with the ambition of visualising that history differently. We also seek to understand the rapidly expanding nature of photographic technology and aesthetics today, especially through our commitment to research and our engagement with young artists.
Fotomuseum takes pride in the quality of its exhibitions and in the uncompromising scrutiny of its discourse. Openness and hospitality are important to us. We challenge ourselves and our audiences to think differently about the photographic, convinced that to interpret the image is also to discover something important about the world. Through partnerships in Europe and across the globe we provide both on- and offline forums for the exchange of ideas and images. Our goal is to both inspire and surprise our many collaborators and visitors.
Fotomuseum is governed by a Foundation which is responsible for maintaining its concept and property, notably its building and the collection. The Foundation appoints the Directors, develops strategy in collaboration with the staff and approves the budget and accounts. Internally, the Foundation guarantees the stability of the institution and the artistic autonomy of the programme. Externally, it is a committed representative of Fotomuseum and its activities.
The Board of Trustees:
Dorothea Strauss (President)
Fotomuseum is managed by Thomas Seelig (interim Director). He is responsible for the programme, budget and annual accounts and supports the activities of both the Foundation and the Friends’ Association. The Director has a high level of autonomy in relation to the programme.
Fotomuseum is part of the Center for Photography formed with the Fotostiftung Schweiz. Shared facilities and activities include collections’ storage, a library, seminar rooms, an education programme and the Bistro George, run by Casino Theater.