Inaugural hanging / Exhibition program of the new mcb-a


April 6-7, 2019 : Building Open House Days
October 5, 2019 : Opening to the public and inaugural hanging
February 2020 : "À fleur de peau. Vienne 1900, de Klimt à Schiele et Kokoschka"

In less than a year, on 5 October 2019, the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts will be meeting its public. The first of the three museums to make PLATEFORME 10 a unique art district in Switzerland, it will deploy the first few months "ATLAS - Cartographie du don", an exceptional inaugural display of its collection throughout the building. From 2020, "À fleur de peau. Vienne 1900, de Klimt à Schiele et Kokoschka" was the first event in an ambitious programme of temporary exhibitions. To benefit from its new architectural setting, the masterpieces of the cantonal collections will be permanently on display and accessible free of charge.

At a press conference held on Monday 26 November 2018, the programme of upcoming events and exhibitions was presented, thus unveiling a new chapter in the history of the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, which is also the first of PLATEFORME 10.

Olivier Steimer, President of the mcb-a Foundation, was pleased to be able to open this press conference with the announcement of the key dates for the coming year. Since the architectural competition for which he presided over the jury in 2011, less than eight years will have elapsed by the time of the building's open days on 6 and 7 April 2019, which the public is invited to discover, animated by a whole programme of performances.

The Chairman of the Steering Committee of PLATEFORME 10 Pascal Broulis, State Councillor, recalled the next deadlines: the Musée de l'Elysée and the mudac will take possession of their new building in spring 2021 and open their doors the following autumn; he noted that the budgets and general planning are fully respected, as well as the potential of PLATEFORME 10. This new arts district will strengthen the cultural influence and attractiveness of the canton and its capital.

Bernard Fibicher, Director of the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, presented the opening programme. In response to the main argument in favour of building a new museum - the possibility of permanently presenting the rich cantonal collections - the inaugural hanging "ATLAS - Cartographie du don" will be a tribute to donors and will highlight the importance of their generosity. Thus, Alice Pauli's recent donations have enabled several major artists - Pierre Soulages, Anish Kapoor or Giuseppe Penone - to find their place at mcb-a.
From 2020, the programming will be deployed to take full advantage of the new building's potential. With "À fleur de peau. Vienne 1900, de Klimt à Schiele et Kokoschka" the first temporary exhibition will highlight one of the major events in the history of modern art: the contribution of the Viennese scene to the birth of modern art. With nine temporary exhibitions each year, and thanks to the different spaces, the mcb-a's programming will be rich in a diversity unprecedented in the institution's history. Together and for the first time in several decades, 300 masterpieces of modern, ancient and contemporary art will be permanently on display in the rooms dedicated to the permanent collection.

Cesla Amarelle concluded this press conference by announcing a rare exhibition on the occasion of the centenary of Felix Vallotton's death in 2025. Thanks to the collaboration between the foundation bearing his name and mcb-a, which has the largest collection of works by this artist, this magnificent tribute will demonstrate the importance of this new competence centre, born of the merger between the two institutions within the same building. The head of the Department of Training, Youth and Culture (DFJC) also highlighted the transition that PLATEFORME 10 is undergoing. With this announcement of the mcb-a's programming, the future arts district now takes on its full cultural and social dimension, since museums are bridges to culture, for schools and for everyone.

Temporary exhibitions program at mcb-a in 2020

- À fleur de peau. Vienne 1900, de Klimt à Schiele et Kokoschka
From February 14 to May 24, 2020
- Jardin d’Hiver: la scène contemporaine vaudoise
From June 19 to September 13, 2020
- Jean Otth
From June 19 to September 13, 2020
- Kiki Smith
From October 9, 2020 to January 10, 2021

Espace Projet
- Taus Makhacheva
From March 13 to May 17, 2020
- Jorge Macchi
From June 5 to August 23, 2020
- Prix culturel Manor Vaud 2020
From September 11 to November 22, 2020

Espace Dossier
- Les dessins d’Albert-Edgar Yersin
From April 10 to June 21, 2020
- Giovanni Giacometti. Aquarelles
From July 10 to October 11, 2020
- Christian Boltanski
From October 30, 2020 to January 3, 2021

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