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Virginie Otth

03.11.2023 – 25.02.2024

Virginie Otth (Switzerland 1071) is an important figure in Lausanne’s art photography scene. This will be her first solo exhibition at the museum.

She has a conceptual approach to photography and is particularly interested in the way in which it works on our always-fragmentary relationship with reality and memory. Part of the show, entitled “Memory of a View”, is made up of photographs of the gardens of the Elysée, the museum’s former site, in a way that examines the fragmentary nature of our memory as well as its malleability.

This previously unseen work makes its entrance into the museum’s collection. It adresses the question of the object of female desire.

Space is the place

08.09.2023 – 04.02.2024

mudac presents Space is the place, a programme that focuses on the complex relationship between the cosmos and our planet. Bringing together the work of designers, artists and science fiction writers, as well as a wide range of stakeholders in these issues, the programme includes two exhibitions, three publications and a series of events.

Steinlen. Swipe of the Paws and Velvet Claws

22.09.2023 – 18.02.2024

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.

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.


Mathieu Bernard-Reymond × La Muette

03.11.2023 – 25.02.2024

In a photographic exploration, photographer Mathieu Bernard-Reymond (France, 1976) has chosen to combine extracts from the writings of C.-F. Ramuz with image-generating artificial intelligence tools.

In “D’après Ramuz”, the artist proposes to give form to the mental images usually shaped when reading a text, gradually transforming them into a visual reality, a world of one’s own.

Immersion. The Origins: 1949-1969

04.11.2023 – 03.03.2024

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.

Richard Mosse

03.11.2023 – 25.02.2024

Richard Mosse (Ireland, 1980) gained recognition for his socially committed documentaires often presented via immersive and monumental installations.

He is known for his landscapes in shades of red and pink from the series “Infra” (2010) depicting the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. More recently, he has focused on migratory flows, which he captures with military thermal imaging cameras (“The Castle”, 2017, “Incoming”, 2018).

“Broken Spectre”, shot over three years, plunges into the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. With this monumental video installation, Mosse shows the devastating impact of deforestation in the Amazonian forest. Playing with different scales and perspectives, the artist offers a striking portrayal of the scope and organisation of the environment’s destruction. Switching between aerial views and sequences shot in remote areas of the world’s lagest tropical forest, Broken Spectre represents an alarm bell that warns of the rainforest’s disappearance.

One for the Other

03.11.2023 – 25.02.2024

In tandem with her exhibition A Lake in the Eye, Virginie Otth (Switzerland, 1971) has invited ten artists with whom she has crossed paths at the Vevey School of Photography (CEPV) over the past two decades.

Having enjoyed the discussions she has had with them around images and their perception, Virginie Otth has invited them to come together to work on two short stories taken from the philosophical novel Mr Palomar – The Sword of the Sun and The World Looks at the World – which deal with gazes, illusions and our relationship with the world.

Deborah Turbeville

03.11.2023 – 25.02.2024

The work of Deborah Turbeville (1932-2013) defies classification. The American photographer belonged to no school or movement. Her unique visual signature has been recognisable since she emerged as a major talent in the 1970s; a certain timelessness melancholy and a patina emanate from her haunting photographs taken over four decades.

This retrospective will present Turbeville’s photographic explorations, from fashion photos to her very personal work.

The aim of the exhibition is to show how Turbeville’s art, still essentially unknown, followed a very specific path, testifying to the manual work involved in producing images. By highlighting a wide variety of handmade collages spanning four decades, the show will offer a new appreciation of Turbeville’s contribution to the history of photography.

Dialogue between an Octopus and a Juicer

07.04.2023 – 11.08.2024

mudac reveals the treasures of its collection in a dedicated exhibition that offers a surprising and quirky exploration of the diversity of the museum’s collection from design to contemporary applied arts.

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Other exhibitions

Signal L

Ian Party x Swiss Film Archive
Immersion Typographique


The designer Ian Party invests Le Signal L, the new exhibition space of Plateforme 10, with Immersion Typographique, an installation conceived in collaboration with the mudac around the poster collections of the Cinémathèque suisse.


With the support of the Leenaards Foundation.


Opening on 27 October from 6 pm


To be seen from 28 October 2022 to 29 January 2023

The Arcades

The arcades are home to the Arcadia restaurant, the Nabi bar, the Espace créatif Caran d’Ache and art studios.


Espace créatif Caran d'Ache



From 16 November, Anaïs Coulon will be back at the Espace créatif Caran d’Ache with “DREAMSCAPE”, an anamorphic installation that takes up her work around the landscape: a colourful version of the Alpine landscape.


Anaïs Coulon grew up in a family of artists whose bohemian and colourful atmosphere influences her work today. After graduating from the Geneva School of Art and Design, she quickly worked as a graphic designer and experimented with numerous projects in various fields, both cultural and private. Over the years, she has developed a poetic language, on the borderline between graphic design and illustration. Often inspired by nature, her visuals alternate between luxuriance and minimalism and invite a certain contemplation. Curious and versatile, she explores different creative media and has recently developed her work in painting and on ceramics.

Upcoming shows

Babi Badalov. Xenopoetri

02.02 – 28.04.2024

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.

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

15.03 – 11.08.2024

MCBA is pleased to present White Out – Between Telling and Listening, an installation by Esther Shalev-Gerz (*1948, Vilnius, Lithuania; lives and works in Paris), who offers us a portrait of a woman between two cultures, places, and timeframes.

Surrealism. Le Grand Jeu

12.04 – 25.08.2024

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.

Gina Proenza. Manor Art Prize 2024 Vaud

24.05 – 01.09.2024

The Manor Art Prize 2024 Vaud has been awarded to Gina Proenza (*1994, Bogotá, Colombia; lives and works in Lausanne and Geneva). For the occasion, the artist has been invited to take over the museum’s Espace Projet gallery for a new exhibition. Proenza convinced the jury with the originality and subtlety of her formal idiom and its references, and the impressive extent and depth of her practice.

André Tommasini. A Life to sculpture

06.09.2024 – 05.01.2025

Drawing on unpublished documents, the exhibition spotlights the life and work of the Lausanne sculptor André Tommasini (1931-2011).

Uriel Orlow. Forest Futurism

27.09.2024 – 05.01.2025

For his show in the MCBA Espace Projet venue, Uriel Orlow (b. 1973 in Zurich; lives and works between Lisbon, London and Zurich) is presenting a series of new works from a research project begun in Bolzano (Italy) which takes fossilised trees as its main subjects, in order to explore the extended time of climate change.

Thalassa, Thalassa! The Imagery of the Sea

04.10.2024 – 12.01.2025

This show challenges us with a singular landscape, the sea, in works of art from the 19th century to the present. What role have artists played in fashioning its imagery? How do they express our desire to preserve its mysteries and beauties?