MCBA is now located on the PLATFORM 10 site, near Lausanne station. A new city district, devoted to cultural activities, is emerging, as two other museums will soon be moving too: the Musée de l’Elysée and the mudac.
Fine art, photography, design, textile arts: by their very nature, these artistic fields have reason to enter into dialogue. The union of the Musée cantonal des Beaux-arts (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. It is a genuine cultural platform that aims to overstep the natural barriers of each of the institutions on site, in order to give the place an energy and a competitiveness that are highly attractive.
PLATEFORME 10 will consist of more than the museums. Its welcoming, open environment will benefit from a large complementary programme that enriches this cultural platform in the heart of the city. This will help attract a broad range of visitors, particularly those who rarely or never set foot in museums. Partly involving the fourteen arcades in the northern retaining wall, but extending throughout the site, the shared programme will serve as a showcase for museal activities while also providing a place to meet, eat and relax. The site’s facilities and atmosphere will highlight the cultural character of the district. This common space will also include services shared by the museums, including the bookshop/boutique, the library/documentation centre, various dining spaces as well as auditoriums. The shared programme will also offer activities aimed at stimulating contact with art by using the district’s large public spaces, as well as art residencies that contribute to Plateforme10’s creative dynamic.
With the support of its partners, the City of Lausanne and SBB (Swiss railways), but also and especially thanks to support from civil society: foundations, companies and individuals, PLATEFORME 1O is already taking concrete shape. The mcb-a, designed by the firm run by Italian architect Fabrizio Barozzi and Spanish architect Alberto Veiga, is under construction since October 2016 and will open in 2019. The project to construct the building that will house the mudac and the Musée de l’Elysée, developed by Portuguese architects Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus, was unanimously approved by a jury in October 2015. The Musée de l’Elysée and the mudac, currently closed to prepare for their move, will be inaugurated at PLATEFORME 10 in June 2022.
A total of around 180 million Swiss francs will be invested in culture. 75 million will come from patron and sponsor donations, while the rest will be provided by public bodies.
PLATEFORME 10 Foundation
The PLATEFORME 10 Foundation brings together the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, the Musée de l’Elysée and the mudac within a single public law foundation. While preserving the identity of the three museums, this new organization facilitates the governance of the site and strengthens the tourist and cultural positioning of PLATEFORME 10. The PLATEFORME 10 Foundation has been operational since January 1st, 2021. As the governing body of the Foundation, the PLATEFORME 10 Foundation Board is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Foundation’s strategic objectives and its proper management.
The PLATEFORME 10 Foundation Board is composed as follows:
Olivier Audemars, President, Audemars Piguet
Ariane Widmer Pham, Vice President, Architect and Urban Planner
Marco Franciolli, former Director of the Museo d’Arte della Svizzera italiana, MASI Lugano
Hedy Graber, Head of Cultural and Social Affairs, Federation of Migros Cooperatives
Vincent Grandjean, State Chancellor
Patrick Mangold, Legal Counsel and Labour Law Specialist
Nicole Minder, Representative of the State of Vaud, Head of the Cultural Affairs Department
Marie Pok, Director of the CID (center for innovation and design), Grand-Hornu, Belgium
Alexandra Post Quillet, Independent Administrator and Associate of the Academy of Administrators (ACAD)
Agnès Sire, Artistic Director of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Paris
A guest seat is granted to the City of Lausanne.
The Executive Board of PLATEFORME 10 is responsible for implementing the strategic line defined by the Foundation Board. Composed of Chantal Prod’Hom, Director of the mudac, Tatyana Franck, Director of the Musée de l’Elysée and Bernard Fibicher, Director of the MCBA, it is chaired by Patrick Gyger, Managing Director of PLATEFORME 10.
Chemin de Mornex 3bis
+41 21 316 25 55
Partners PLATEFORME 10
Through novel approaches and points of view that reflect the world of today and tomorrow, Photo Elysée highlights the image in all its forms. Its unique collections take in the whole of the field of photography.
Place de la Gare 17
+41 21 316 99 11
mudac – musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains
Exhibitions mounted at mudac question societal themes through five subjects: design, the graphic arts, contemporary jewelry, glass art and ceramics. The variety of viewpoints that mudac takes care to integrate in each project ensures that the institution is well known and respected on both the national and international arts scene.
+41 21 315 25 30
Toms Pauli Foundation
Set up by the State of Vaud in 2000, the Foundation oversees the cantonal collections of both ancient tapestries (the former Toms Collection) and 20th-century examples of textile art illustrating the changes that occurred over the series of International Tapestry Biennials held in Lausanne from 1962 to 1995.
Félix Vallotton Foundation
Formed in Lausanne in 1998, the Fondation Félix Vallotton draws on both the artist’s archives, which the Foundation conserves, and the ever-growing body of knowledge touching on the artist, to foster scholarship about Vallotton and publish the results of its research.
Arcadia, with its seven iconic arches, opens the door to a la carte Mediterranean cuisine, starting from an Italian artisanal base, combining know-how and local seasonal products. For those looking for a relaxed, tasty, and inclusive dining experience, whether at lunch for everyday cooking or in the evening for a more special occasion. Always in a relaxed and friendly environment, just like at home.
Cocktail parties and other events on request.
Open Monday and Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm.
Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Information and booking
+41 21 318 44 10
MCBA’s Le Nabi offers an innovative concept at the crossroads of various artistic and culinary cultures, with a gourmet menu designed to highlight a cuisine that is healthy, esthetically pleasing, and committed. The seasonal products come from regionally sourced farms that respect the environment.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm, and Thursday until 8 pm. For the summer months, Le Nabibar keeps its terrace open until 9 pm on Thursdays, fridays and saturdays, serving a selection of Nabi-inspired nibbles all evening. Terrace closed in case of rain.
Le Café Lumen invites you to discover its menu of quick and spontaneous dishes that use artisanal products served simply on a board, in a clay bowl, or nestled between two slices of focaccia. Here you will find the best of the region’s culinary tradition. All the drinks are artisanal with a fine selection of craft cider and beer, wine, and homemade non-alcoholic beverages. The coffee is freshly roasted. We’re a stop along the region’s greenway, the Voie Verte foot and bicycle path, with takeaway service available.
Open every day except Tuesday, from 8 am to 6 pm, and Thursday to 8 pm.
Information and booking
+41 21 311 02 90