PHOTO EXHIBITION: 20 FEBRUARY–5 APRIL 2019
For its first temporary exhibition, Chaplin’s World takes you on a voyage of discovery through pictures of the Chaplin family, many of which had never been made public. The Manoir de Ban, Chaplin’s home for the last 25 years of his life, will showcase the photographs of Yves Debraine, the artist’s official photographer in Switzerland.
Guest curator: Luc Debraine, Director of the Swiss Camera Museum
Scenography: Juliette Roduit
Production: Creative Stage
Exhibition Partners: Protectas & Vranken Pommery Suisse
December 1952: Debraine met Chaplin upon the filmmaker’s arrival in Switzerland. The creator of the Tramp and the young photographer, whose talent would soon be recognized across Europe and the United States, hit it off immediately. For the next twenty years, Debraine had the privilege of being a regular visitor to the Chaplin family home. He took family portraits, as well as more intimate photographs, which are both playful and display great sensitivity. The "Chaplin Personal" exhibition combines famous photos and never-before-seen shots.
A Swiss photographer, journalist and reporter of French extraction, Yves Debraine was born in Paris in 1925. After interning at Agence France Presse, he moved to Lausanne in 1948. He started out working for the magazine L’Illustré, and would continue to do so for the next four decades. From the early 1950s on, he contributed to the American magazines Life and Time, then two of the most prestigious in the world. For twenty years, Debraine was Chaplin’s official photographer in Switzerland. Over the years, he was also commissioned by Georges Simenon, the Piccards (a family of scholars and explorers), and took photographs of leading figures, royalty, writers, and artists. He died in 2011 in Lausanne, at the age of 85. His son Luc, Director of the Swiss Camera Museum in Vevey, manages his father’s archives.
The "Chaplin Personal: 1952–1973" photo exhibition will run from 20 February to 5 April in the attic of Manoir de Ban. Chaplin’s home for the last 25 years of his life, it now houses the Chaplin’s World museum.
Guided tours open to the general public will take place over two consecutive Saturdays, 16 and 23 March, at 2:30pm.
Free admission upon presentation of a valid entry ticket to Chaplin’s World (reservation mandatory): email@example.com
LUC DEBRAINE WILL SIGN HIS BOOK, CHAPLIN PERSONAL: 1952–1973
on Sunday 10 March from 10am to 5pm, at the Chaplin’s World shop.
The book, published by Éditions Noir sur Blanc, will be available at the Chaplin’s World shop and in book stores.
Free admission upon presentation of a valid entry ticket to Chaplin’s World.
Open every day from 10am to 5pm. Ticket office closes at 4pm.
HOST YOUR EVENT AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF EXCLUSIVE PHOTOGRAPHS OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN.
Organize your event in an extraordinary setting at Chaplin's World, that of our first temporary exhibition, “Chaplin Personal: The Swiss Years (1952-1973)".
Entertain your guests in a fun atmosphere and introduce them to never-before-seen, historical photographs of Charlie Chaplin, taken by his official photographer, Yves Debraine.
Would you like an exclusive, guided tour of the exhibition with one of our passionate, polyglot guides, or the curator himself? After perusing these photographs of Chaplin, entertain your clients and guests over drinks in our events room, the vaulted room, also housed in the Manoir de Ban.