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
Musée de l’Elysée
A cultural institution that is indispensable because of the high quality of its exhibitions, its publications and the archives it preserves and promotes, the Musée de l’Elysée testifies to the diversity of photographic practices. One of the largest institutions dedicated to photography, the museum continues to assert itself as a centre of excellence in its five defining fields: exhibition, collection, publication, education and new technology. The Musée de l’Elysée’s new building will provide premises that are in tune with its ambition to be regarded by professionals and the general public as a museum of reference in the field of photography and images.
The Musée de l’Elysée is committed to preserving, showcasing and restoring a vast photographic heritage, currently consisting of over one million phototypes. The Musée de l’Elysée’s collections are very rich, covering the whole history of the medium, from its pioneers in the 19th century to contemporary photographers. The Musée de l’Elysée is recognised far beyond Switzerland’s borders thanks to its matchless expertise in organising international events. More than 50,000 people visit the four exhibitions (on average) presented at the museum each year, while thirteen extramural exhibitions (on average) circulate thanks to collaborations with internationally renowned public and private institutions. Through its exhibitions, the Musée de l’Elysée’s presence extends from Paris to New York, from Zurich to Beijing, and from Lugano to Cape Town.
18, avenue de l’Elysée
+41 21 316 99 11
mudac – musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains
DESIGN IN ALL LATITUDES
The only institution entirely dedicated to this discipline in Western Switzerland, mudac’s programme includes the discovery of designers and graphic artists through monographic exhibitions or exhibitions that challenge the public on the themes of contemporary society. This demonstrates mudac’s interest in the world and in the wide scope that the term design itself can encompass.
The diversity of the points of view of each project has enabled mudac to assert itself both on the national and international scenes by offering its exhibitions to its counterparts. Europe and Asia have thus been able to discover mudac exhibitions on numerous occasions. Open to collaborations of all kinds, mudac regularly works with universities in Western Switzerland. It likes to publish its research through its own catalogues, in which numerous invitations are extended to researchers from all disciplines. RADDAR, the first Swiss design research review, is also a tool for mudac to disseminate major questions raised by this rich medium.
Place de la Cathédrale 6
+41 21 315 25 30
Félix Vallotton Foundation
A major artist
Founded in Lausanne in 1998, the Fondation Félix Vallotton is a Centre of Excellence in the study of the life and works of the painter, engraver, illustrator, writer and art critic Félix Vallotton (1865–1925). One of his generation’s most important artists, born Swiss in Lausanne and naturalized French in 1900, he created a body of work that belongs to the artistic heritage of both countries, as well as to the legacy of European art. Thanks to the renewal he instilled into woodcutting in the 1890s, he gained recognition in Paris’s artistic and literary circles before becoming a book and press illustrator much sought-after in France and abroad. The turn of the century marked a career change that saw him dedicate himself almost exclusively to his first vocation: painting. Fiercely independent, he developed over a few years a distinctive style that makes his works instantly identifiable. It is characterised by slick paint coating, sharp colours and daring framing.
Scientific study of the artist
The Fondation Félix Vallotton holds the artist’s archives, but has no exhibition space. Except for a single painting, its collections consist mainly of papers. They include drawings and sketches, sketch and notebooks, manuscripts, photographs and various bibliographical documents. Based on its archives and its fund of knowledge, the Fondation develops scientific research projects that result in publications. Two reference works have already been published: in 2005 the catalogue raisonné Félix Vallotton. L’œuvre peint, and in 2012 Félix Vallotton. Critique d’art. Its new project, entitled Félix Vallotton illustrateur, carried out in partnership with the Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA) and supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), is an online catalogue raisonné of Vallotton’s book and press illustrations. The MCBA has already planned an exhibition that will celebrate the completion of this project of international scope. The Fondation contributes in addition to curating exhibitions such as Félix Vallotton. Fire beneath the Ice, that was shown in Paris, Amsterdam and Tokyo in 2013–2014 and attracted nearly one million visitors.
Housing the Fondation within the mcb-a, which holds the world’s largest collection of works by the artist — 500 pieces including 53 paintings, 300 engravings and 200 drawings — will lead to creating an unequalled center of expertise on Félix Vallotton and his work.
Toms Pauli Foundation
When the Fondation Toms Pauli was set up in Lausanne back in 2000, it was given the mission to study, conserve and showcase two collections of ancient and modern tapestries, both belonging to the State of Vaud. This cantonal heritage comprises tapestries and embroideries dating from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, bequeathed by Mary Toms in 1993, and woven works by artists who had enjoyed the golden period of the Lausanne Tapestry Biennials (1962 to 1995). The Fondation Toms is also committed to preserving all the artists’ files as well as the specialist book collection of the Centre international de la tapisserie ancienne et moderne (CITAM).
Over the 20 years since its creation, the Fondation has developed vast networks throughout Switzerland and internationally, providing opportunities for collaborating in scientific projects and major exhibitions dedicated to tapestry art and Fiber Art (Bellerive Museum, Zurich; MET, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg; Musée d’art moderne, Paris). Past exhibitions have included two at Lausanne’s Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts: Tapisseries flamandes du 16e au 18e siècle (16th- to 18th-Century Flemish Tapestries) in 2004 and Tapisseries nomades. Collection XXe siècle (Nomad Tapestries – A 20th Century Collection) in 2016.
The Fondation Toms will be moving shortly to the new MCBA, at PLATEFORME 10. In its new home, it is expected to showcase the unique character of its international collections through temporary exhibitions and interdisciplinary events.