MCBA offers a new perspective on the role of Viennese artists in the genesis of modern art. Under the Skin presents over 170 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and objects created at the dawn of the twentieth century.
From 13 March 2020 - "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.
Performances, installations and videos by Taus Makhacheva (*1983) often draw on situations recounted, imagined, or based on real-life events she has witnessed. She questions the grand narratives of history and art history, exploring how they are constructed, what they leave out, and their geographical and political biases.
Albert-Edgar Yersin (1905-1984), best known for his talent as an engraver, was first and foremost a master of the art and craft of drawing. A catalogue raisonné of over 1,800 of his works is currently underway. The exhibition showcases some of his most powerful creations, taken in large part from MCBA's own major holdings of his oeuvre.
The notion of fiction is at the heart of the works by Argentinian artist Jorge Macchi (*1963). He uses visual traps staging familiar elements such as clocks, instruments, maps, newspapers, and furniture to explore our ability to theorise the fragile equilibrium of everyday life, constantly haunted by the spectre of incidents.
A new platform for the region's contemporary art scene: starting in 2020, MCBA will hold the inaugural Jardin d’Hiver biennial showcasing the work of invited artists.
Jean Otth (1940–2013), a pioneer of video art in Switzerland, began exploring the visual potential of new technologies as early as the late 1960s, experimenting with slides as projected, dematerialised images, television and its language, and the experimental, shifting nature of video.
Alongside his oil paintings, Giovanni Giacometti (1868-1933) was also a lifelong watercolourist. The exhibition showcases some sixty rarely seen works, some on display for the first time, to shed light on a little-known aspect of the career of a painter who is represented in the MCBA collections by several canvases and drawings.
Anne Rochat (*1982), winner of the Manor Vaud Culture Prize 2020, is working on a brand new piece for the Project Space. Her work is mainly performance-based, responding to given situations and places.
The art of Kiki Smith (*1954) is a meditation on the body. The artist observes every aspect of corporeal materiality and the conditions shaping the time on earth of the body political, spiritual, domestic, fleshly, base, and universal. The solo exhibition focuses on the sensory dimension of Kiki Smith's oeuvre, with a selection of around a hundred drawings, prints, sculptures, and one video.
Following the acclaimed 1993 show Les Suisses morts, MCBA acquired several pieces by Christian Boltanski (*1944), a major contemporary artist. Subsequent donations and long-term loans have further enriched the collection. This selection of works from 1985 through 1996 is being shown for the first time in Lausanne.