Who We Are

Fotomuseum Winterthur is a leading institution for the presentation and discussion of photography and visual culture. From established names to emerging talents, the photographic works we present address contemporary issues while forging a link between the history of photography and its future. We explore the entire spectrum of photography, embedding artistic, applied and cultural photographic forms within meaningful contexts while reflecting critically on their conditions. Both in theory and in practice, we keep in touch with the ever-changing pace of photography, using experimental configurations to probe different forms of knowledge production. Through our collection (from 1960 onwards) we contribute towards shaping an evolving history, ongoing narrative and deeper understanding of photographic media.

Fotomuseum Winterthur is an institution with both local vibrancy and an international reach. Interaction and dialogue are crucial to us. By establishing a wide range of art educational formats that enhance visual and media literacy, we place photographic techniques and processes firmly within a broader social and political context. We are committed to empowering independent, thoughtful and creative media users. Through our exhibitions, art education and discursive formats as well as our publications, we aim to surprise, stimulate and open up new realms of experience. With this in mind, we operate along international and interdisciplinary lines involving a wide network of experts, while constantly maintaining an open minded and dynamic response towards new developments.

Fotomuseum Winterthur was founded in 1993. Together with Fotostiftung Schweiz, it forms part of the Centre for Photography, Switzerland’s leading competence centre for photography since 2002.

Fotomuseum Winterthur Foundation

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:
Martin Bölsterli
Philipp Brunnschweiler
Lisa Fuchs
Oliver Hagen
Eugen Haltiner
Nicole Kurmann
Ines Pöschel
Jan Schoch
Dorothea Strauss (President)
Leopold Weinberg

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Nadine Wietlisbach is Director of Fotomuseum. The Director is responsible for the programme, budget and annual accounts, supports the activities of both the Foundation and the Friends’ Association, and has a high level of autonomy in relation to the programme.

Center for Photography

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.

The Center for photohraphy is part of the Art Museums of Switzerland: twelve world-class museums that guarantee the enjoyment of art at the highest level.