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Maurice Denis. Amour

Comrade of Édouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard when all three were studying art, Maurice Denis (1870-1943) was a painter and major theoretician of modern French art at the turn of the 20th century. This show – the first dedicated to the artist in Switzerland in 50 years – focuses on the early years of Denis’s career. The novel visual experiments of the “Nabi of the beautiful icons” gave way to the serene splendor of the symbolist works, followed by the bold decision to return to classicism. This event, which features nearly 90 works, is organised with the exceptional support of the Musée d'Orsay and thanks to loans from Europe and the United States.
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Currently closed, MCBA is leaving the Palais de Rumine for a made-to-measure building a stone’s throw from the station, on the site of a future arts neighbourhood

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Fine art, photography, design, textile arts: by their very nature, these artistic fields have reason to enter into dialogue. The union of MCBA, the Musée de l’Elysée and the mudac, complemented by the presence of the Toms Pauli and Félix Vallotton Foundations, will form PLATEFORME 10, a new “arts district” next to the Lausanne train station.

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Félix Vallotton, "Le grand nuage" (The Great Cloud), 1900. Oil on cardboard, 35 x 46 cm. Acquired with funding from the Société vaudoise des beaux-arts, 1952 © Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne

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