The Collection

Permanent presentation

“Come and see here what you won’t see elsewhere!” is the slogan for the permanent exhibition, laid out chronologically over two floors to showcase treasures from Vaud’s art collections, with some three hundred works dating from the eighteenth century to the present day.

Some rooms focus on a single artist well represented in the museum’s historical collection, such as Louis Ducros, Charles Gleyre, Félix Vallotton, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, and Louis Soutter, while others showcase major trends in post-World War Two acquisitions, such as drawings and paintings of the second Paris School, geometric abstraction, neo-Fauvism, and new media such as video and installation art.
It is planned that works on display will gradually be rotated over the years.

Online visitors guide
Credits and image caption:
François Bocion, «Bocion et sa famille à la pêche (Bocion and His Family Out Fishing)», 1877. Oil on wood, 32 x 48.5 cm. Acquisition, 1939 © MCBA

Tour app

The app supports you in discovering the MCBA art’s collection

  • Artworks’ commentaries (text and audio versions)
  • Artists’ and specialists’ interviews
  • Additional pictures allow a better understanding of a selection of 40 exhibited artworks

Available free of charge in FR / EN / DE

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Guide to the Collection

A presentation of more than two hundred artworks gives a glimpse of the museum’s holdings.

Texts by Bernard Fibicher, Catherine Lepdor, Camille Lévêque‑Claudet, Laurence Schmidlin, Nicole Schweizer and Camille de Alencastro.

A coedition by the Musée cantonal des Beaux‑Arts de Lausanne and Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich, 2020.

(separate French and English editions). 248 pp., 226 colour illustrations.

CHF 25.-


The second floor of the exhibition will be exceptionally closed November, 21 - 24