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Gina Proenza. You and Your Gang (Manor Art Prize 2024 Vaud)

To mark the award of the Manor Vaud Cultural Prize, Gina Proenza is taking over the Espace Projet for a brand new exhibition: she devises a polyphonic installation that questions the positions of those who pronounce or receive a sentence.

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Surrealism. Le Grand Jeu

This transhistorical show, the first thematic exhibition devoted to Surrealism at MCBA since 1987, examines the unprecedented relevance today of this major movement in the history of art. Surrealism, a young centenarian, hasn’t aged one bit.

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Esther Shalev-Gerz. White Out – Between Telling and Listening

MCBA is pleased to present White Out – Between Telling and Listening, an installation by Esther Shalev-Gerz, who offers us a portrait of a woman between two cultures, places, and timeframes.

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Babi Badalov. Xenopoetri

MCBA is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in Switzerland devoted to the work of Babi Badalov. Both writing and drawing, the artist’s visual poetry explores the political and poetic possibilities of language.

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Exhibition programme 2024

Immersion. The Origins: 1949-1969

With fourteen immersive environments by a range of artists, from Lucio Fontana to Judy Chicago, Immersion. The Origins: 1949-1969 is the first exhibition to look at an emerging practice that was to become one of the major forms of expression starting in the 1990s.

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Mirage The BCV Art Collection invites Natacha Donzé, Gina Proenza, Jean-Luc Manz, and Denis Savary

For the second exhibition featuring the BCV Art Collection in MCBA’s special Espace Projet gallery, four artists are showing new installations and other pieces in a play of correspondences and dialogue around their respective practices

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Steinlen. Swipe of the Claws and Velvet Paws

MCBA is pleased to celebrate Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, a wonderful eyewitness to the Belle Époque in Paris. The show features for the first time an extensive group of works from the Paul and Tina Stohler Donation.

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Magdalena Abakanowicz. Textile Territories

For its first major show at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts at the museum’s Plateforme 10 address, the Fondation Toms Pauli invites visitors to rediscover the startling work of Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930 – 2017), a pioneer of textile art and a major artist of 20th-century sculpture.

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Emily Jacir. We Ate the Wind

Drawing on rituals such as dances, processions and games, Emily Jacir’s film installation for the MCBA traces how space, community and memory can be claimed.

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Silvie Defraoui. The Tremor of Certitude

Questioning our relationship to images and the way they mediatize reality, the show Silvie Defraoui. The Trembling of Certitudes honors the artist by offering an in-depth look at the last thirty years of work by this major figure of Switzerland’s art scene…

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Jardin d'Hiver #2. Poems of Change

Curated by Simon Würsten Marin, the second iteration of Jardin d’Hiver (Winter Garden), the biennial show devoted to the region’s contemporary art scene…

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Lubaina Himid. So Many Dreams

A major exhibition of the luminous and powerful work of Lubaina Himid (Zanzibar, 1954) offers an overview of the British artist’s output for the first time…

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Sarah Margnetti. Manor Art Prize 2022 Vaud

For her solo show in the Espace Projet gallery, Sarah Margnetti will exhibit a large selection of recent works, as well as wall paintings that will be done on site.

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Train Zug Treno Tren. Voyages imaginaires

Featuring over 60 masterpieces by an extraordinary range of artists, from Giorgio de Chirico and Edward Hopper to Paul Delvaux and Leonor Fini, the show takes us on a railroad epic.

Both a celebration and critique of modernity, the railroad, while inseparable from the ideology of unstoppable progress pulsing through the Industrial Age, generated surprising and incongruous effects in artists’ imaginations. Trains embody both the rational and the irrational.

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Gustave Buchet. Charged with Painting

The show Gustave Buchet. Charged with Painting looks back over the career of the Swiss artist, a signal figure of early-20th-century avant garde movements in Switzerland. Through some one hundred artworks – paintings, sculptures, and pieces from the decorative arts – the exhibition looks to show how Buchet passionately pursued his quest for novel formal solutions.

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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.

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Jean Dubuffet. The Mireille and James Lévy Bequest

24.6 - 18.9.2022

In 2019, MCBA received an exceptional donation, 34 works by Jean Dubuffet from the art collection of Mireille and James Lévy.

This group of works, some of which are on display in the galleries devoted to the collection, will be unveiled as a whole for this show. Mireille and James Lévy were passionate art lovers and collected throughout their lives, in particular the work of this French artist, whose talent and nonconformity fascinated them.

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Marie Cool Fabio Balducci. Dai campi all’elica

10.6  — 4.9.2022

Marie Cool Fabio Balducci have renounced their individualities while leaving them visible still, just as they only ever express themselves in one and the same voice. They have given concrete form to their thinking in installations and actions through objects, fragments of objects, a range of materials, and/or physical phenomena. Their body of work constitutes a reflection on power and the issues it raises, relations of domination, the marginalization of individuals and objects in society, the workings of the economy, and the illusion of democracy.

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Résister, encore

18.2. — 15.5.2022

Withdrawal, silence, resilience, outcry, indignation, protestation, action, reflection, satire, humor… This collective show exemplifies the forms of resistance artists have developed when faced with the great challenges of our age – those forms amount to survival strategies.

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Naissance et vie des formes. Dessins contemporains de la collection

18.2. — 22.5.2022

This show explores the theme of drawing and the possibilities that lie within the medium, with some 60 works from the MCBA collections by contemporary artists.

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Opening of the Plateforme 10 arts district Inauguration of the building mudac - Photo Elysée

18 and 19 June 2022

Exhibition in honour of Alice Pauli's 100th birthday

15.12.2021 - 13.3.2022

A tribute to Alice Pauli