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Musée cantonal des beaux-arts

Le musée cantonal des beaux-arts détient une très riche collection de peintures, dessins, sculptures et petite collection d’estampes d’artistes suisses et surtout vaudois du 18e s. à nos jours (les frères Sablet, Ducros, Saint-Ours, Diday, Calame, Gleyre, van Muyden, David, Auberjonois, Buchet, Biéler, Bocion, Vautier, Anker, Borgeaud, Holder, G. Giacometti, Hermanjat, Soutter, Vallotton, Steinlen, Bailly, Rollier, Spoerri, Iseli, Cahn, Disler, etc.). Le legs Widmer présente une collection d’art français (Cézanne, Degas, Renoir, Bonnard, Marquet, Matisse, Utrillo). Le fonds d’art contemporain comprend des œuvres d’artistes suisses et étrangers (Rainer, Merz, Ikemura, Oppenheim, Verjux, Nauman, Boltanski, Jaar, Green).

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Opening 1906

Th.-A. Steinlen, Invitation au 312e dîner du Bon Bock, 1906
Th.-A. Steinlen, Invitation au 312e dîner du Bon Bock, 1906

Current exhibitions

The collection

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The collection is on permanent display for the first time: some 300 works, from the 18th century to the present make it possible to see here what cannot be found elsewhere!

Free admission

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: F/E
The collection

Jean Otth. The Spaces of Projection

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A pioneer of video art in CH, Otth began in the late 1960s to use the visual possibilities offered by the new technologies of the day, including slides as a projected dematerialized image, television and its particular vocabulary, and video and its experimental moving character. Be it his moving images, paintings, drawings, or installations, the issues raised by representation itself – or its absence – lie at the heart of the artist’s experiments.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: F/E
Jean Otth. The Spaces of Projection

Sandrine Pelletier. The Crystal Jaw. Prix Gustave Buchet 2021

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Sandrine Pelletier works with materials and their potential, wood, ceramic, charcoal, glass, metal, and mirrors. These are the fields of physical and sensual exploration that the artist transforms to better occupy a site. Back from Cairo, this artist, a native of Lausanne, sustains her visual experiments with novel references and new ways of working inspired by the Middle East and all of which wil inform her installation for MCBA.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Entrée gratuite

Jardin d’Hiver #1

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Curated by art critic and freelance curator Jill Gasparina, this show makes the principle of collage its own, featuring works by Francis Baudevin, Ligia Dias, Raquel Dias, Rosanne Kapela, Yoan Mudry, Gina Proenza, Denis Savary, Caroline Tschumi, Pierre Vadi, and the art spaces Circuit, Rats, Silicon Malley, Tunnel Tunnel, and Urgent Paradise.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: F/E
Jardin d’Hiver #1

Christian Boltanski. Relics and Monuments 1985–1996

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Following Les Suisses morts, the show Christian Boltanski (b. 1944) mounted at the Museum in 1993, MCBA acquired several pieces by the French artist as well as a number of artist’s books, which make up a significant part of his body of work. Donations and long-term loans have since expanded that initial collection; the result is a fine selection of works from the years 1985-1996 whose central theme is “the
cult of the dead, the living and the dead to come.”

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Entrée gratuite
Christian Boltanski. Relics and Monuments 1985–1996

Next exhibition(s)

Unique et multiple. Recent Works from the BCV Art Collection

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An overview of a corporate collection that has followed the contemporary art scene in Vaud for a half century now. Under the direction of Catherine Othenin-Girard, curator of the BCV Art Collection, the show is a multifaceted approach that sheds light on current trends and experiments, drawing on acquisitions from the last 10 years, including works by Caroline Bachmann, Julian Charrière, Claudia Comte, Sylvain Croci-Torti, Philippe Decrauzat, Silvie Defraoui, etc.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Entrée gratuite
Unique et multiple. Recent Works from the BCV Art Collection

Francis Alÿs. As Long As I’m Walking

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This solo show devoted to Francis Alÿs (b. 1959) presents an overview of the artist’s work in video, painting, and drawing, with special emphasis on one of the central themes of his practice, the act of walking, from urban strolls to exploring territories and their borders. Among his recent works figures a selection from the series Children’s Games, in which the imaginary spaces of childhood join the artist’s
fictional spaces.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Guided tours are offered in the following languages: F/E
Francis Alÿs. As Long As I’m Walking

Aloïse

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In the 1960s, MCBA became interested in the work of the exceptional outsider artist Aloïse (1886–1964), a native of Vaud who had been committed to the Cery asylum in 1918. The show takes us into a world that is rich in symbols, erotic, and sumptuously filled with flowers, animals, emperors, queens, and opera singers.

The exhibition is documented in the following languages: D/F/E
Entrée gratuite
Aloïse
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Location of the museum

Place de la Gare 16
1003 Lausanne

Location/directions

The museum is located 5 minutes walking distance from Lausanne train station.

Open

Mo: closed
Tu-Su: 10 am - 6 pm
Th: 10 am - 8 pm

Admission

Main temporary exhibitions: CHF 20.- / CHF 15.- (reduced price)

The collection, exhibitions located in Espace Projet and Focus: Free entrance

Contact

Musée cantonal des beaux-arts
Place de la Gare 16 Case postale
1003 Lausanne
021 316 34 45 Telephone
021 316 34 46 Fax
info.beaux-arts@vd.ch
http://www.mcba.ch
  • Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
    Member of the Swiss Museums Association.
  • Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
    Museum pass: holders of the Swiss museum pass have free admission.
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    Parking
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    Restaurant
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    Shop
  • Extremely children and family-friendly
    Extremely children and family-friendly
  • Completely wheelchair accessible
    Completely wheelchair accessible
  • Very good accessibility with public transport
    Very good accessibility with public transport