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Bringing together in a single location the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (Cantonal Museum of Fine Art) mcb-a, the Musée de l’Elysée (Cantonal Museum of Photography), the mudac (Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts), and the Toms Pauli and Félix Vallotton Foundations, will create a unique space entirely devoted to culture on the site of the former locomotive sheds in Lausanne.

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 (mcb-a), 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.
Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains

Depuis son ouverture en 2000, le mudac – musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains – se distingue par son regard curieux et incisif sur ce qui façonne nos manières de vivre et s’attache à soulever des questions pertinentes… et parfois impertinentes! Sa programmation ambitieuse de cinq à huit expositions annuelles alterne projets thématiques et cartes blanches de designers suisses et étrangers, en prêtant une attention particulière à la jeune création. Une approche unique et audacieuse, reconnue dans le monde entier, et dont les expositions circulent de Paris à Séoul.

En parallèle, le mudac propose régulièrement de nouveaux accrochages de ses collections permanentes, qui n’ont cessé de s’agrandir depuis ses débuts en tant que Musée des arts décoratifs, afin de permettre aux visiteurs de les voir progressivement dans leur intégralité.

Enfin, le musée ouvre ses portes aux arts vivants: danseurs, metteurs en scène, performers ou musiciens, se profilant ainsi comme une plateforme de libre échange entre diverses expressions artistiques, suisses et internationales.

Musée de l'Elysée

Since its establishment in 1985, the Musée de l'Elysée has improved public understanding of photography through innovative exhibitions, key publications and engaging events.
Recognised as a centre of expertise in the field of conservation and enhancement of visual heritage, it holds a unique collection including more than 170'000 positive prints, 800'000 negatives on glass and flexible supports, more than 100'000 plates and slides, around 1'000 albums and portfolios, more than a dozen Collections and full Archives including those of Charles Chaplin, René Burri, Nicolas Bouvier, Ella Maillart. Since 2010, the Musée de l’Elysée has received 21 donations, 5 gifts and has made 1'100 acquisitions, notably a major collection of over 5'000 photography books from Christoph Schifferli, a Zurich-based collector. By supporting young photographers, offering new perspectives on the masters and confronting photography with other art forms, the Musée de l’Elysée experiments with the image.

Based in Switzerland, it presents four major exhibitions in Lausanne each year and an average of fifteen in prestigious museums and festivals around the world. Regional by character and international in scope, it seeks to constantly develop new and exciting ways to interact with audiences and collaborate with other institutions.

More information at: http://www.elysee.ch/en/the-museum/missions-and-history/

Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts

Le Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts conserve à ce jour près de 10'000 œuvres.
Ses collections se sont constituées par des achats, mais aussi par des dons et des dépôts à long terme d'organismes cantonaux et nationaux, parmi lesquels la Société Vaudoise des Beaux-Arts, la Fondation Gottfried-Keller, la Confédération.
L’initiative privée est à l’origine non seulement de la création du musée en 1841, mais aussi de l’enrichissement régulier de ses fonds et de l’ouverture à l’art international par des legs et des dons importants.
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Currently the Musée des Beaux-Arts has 10'000 works of art.
Its collections have been built up by means of purchases, donations and long-term deposits by cantonal and national organisations, including the Société Vaudoise des Beaux-Arts, Fondation Gottfried-Keller, and the Confederation.
The creation of the museum in 1841 was the result of a private initiative, as are the regular contributions to its funds and the opening of the collections to international art through important bequests and donations.