Exposition inaugurale du MCBA - « Atlas. Cartographie du don »

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In honour of the long-awaited opportunity for a permanent display of the canton’s rich art collections, the inaugural exhibition "Atlas. A Cartography of Donations" presents the museum’s holdings across the MCBA’s almost 3,200 square metres of exhibition space.

The exceptional exhibition draws up MCBA’s own atlas, sparking a dialogue between works from different generations and artistic schools. Each space has its own theme, from music, forests, and flux, to a map of the heart, a cartography of pain, and an exploration of the color black, offering one possible reading of the museum’s collections to visitors encountering the new exhibition spaces for the first time.

In choosing to develop an ambitious curatorial approach taking the means of acquisition as its common factor, MCBA’s new premises open with a representative selection of gifts and long-term loans from the collections, featuring works donated specifically for the new museum alongside significant older donations, including the Widmer bequests of 1936 and 1939. Pride of place is given to recent donations by Alice Pauli, with works by Soulages, Kiefer, Penone, and Kapoor among others, and a number of pieces by major artists including Rodin, Klee, Balthus, G. Giacometti, Vallotton, Soutter, and Zao Wou-Ki.

Opening hours
Monday: closed
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 am–6 pm
Thursday: 10 am–8 pm

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Félix Vallotton, «Les agaves», 1921. Huile sur toile, 54 x 65 cm. Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne. Don de Swisscom SA, 2015
Paul Klee, «Am Nil», 1939. Peinture à la colle, papier marouflé sur jute. Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne. Don, 2011
Zao Wou-Ki, «Hommage à Edgar Varèse – 15.10.64», 1964. Huile sur toile, 255 × 345 cm. Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne. Donation de Françoise Marquet, 2015
Balthazar Klossowski de Rola, dit Balthus, «Le Roi des chats», 1935. Huile sur toile, 78 × 49,7 cm. Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne. Don de la Fondation Balthus Klossowski de Rola, 2016
Anish Kapoor, «Untitled», 2002. Acier inoxydable poli, 150 × 120 × 33 cm. Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne. Donation d’Alice Pauli, 2018
François Bocion, «Les rochers de Saint-Saphorin», 1860. Huile sur toile, 121 × 180 cm. Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne. Don de l’artiste, 1861
Pierre Soulages, «Peinture», 1956. Huile sur toile, 162 × 114 cm. Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne. Donation Alice Pauli, sous réserve d’usufruit, 2016
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