Throughout the week, more than 19,000 people visited the PLATEFORME 10 site to discover Atlas. A Cartography of donation, inaugural exhibition of the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne (MCBA). After the official inauguration ceremony on October 3rd, followed by a special day devoted to the classes of the canton of Vaud on October 4th, the public was able to discover, on 5 and 6 October, the first exhibition in the new MCBA building, as well as the facilities of PLATEFORME 10: the arcades, La Crocodile, winner of the artistic intervention competition, and the street furniture.
For six days, the MCBA opened its doors to 19,000 people: representatives of the media, local residents, construction site workers and railway workers, the Association of Friends of the MCBA, cultural actors of Canton Vaud, and political representatives from Canton Vaud and abroad, patrons and sponsors, collectors, artists and museum directors from Switzerland, classes from the Canton Vaud, and finally, a large public from Canton Vaud and Switzerland during the weekend. During this week, everyone was able to see that the building designed by the architects Barozzi/Veiga perfectly meets today's museological requirements. The surprising dialogues between ancient, modern and contemporary works of art intrigued and stimulated the public, who responded enthusiastically to this thematic presentation of the collection and the discovery of masterpieces from donations.
Throughout the inauguration weekend of 5 and 6 October, the PLATEFORME 10 site was animated by various activities, particularly in the arcades, with a prefiguration programme of the Musée de l'Elysée and the mudac, which presented their collections thanks to an installation carried out by the INT studio. The arcades also hosted Hors-Cadre, a virtual reality experience presented by RTS - Radio Télévision Suisse, or the exhibition of MCBA artistic documentation by three artists from Canton Vaud (Ariane Epars, Loan Nguyen and Michael Rampa), as well as activities offered by Caran d'Ache and Les Métiers d'art suisse. The public was also able to discover La Crocodile, a work by Xavier Veilhan and Olivier Mosset, winners of the artistic intervention competition, as well as the urban furniture designed by the Basel office INCH. Workshops allowed young and old to learn about the fields of activity of the three museums of PLATEFORME 10, while guided tours provided an overview of the urban planning of the future arts district.
After the closure of the inaugural Atlas exhibition on 12 January 2020, the museum will be temporarily closed for some finishing touches in the building and will reopen permanently on 14 February 2020 for its first international temporary exhibition À fleur de peau. Vienna 1900, from Klimt to Schiele and Kokoschka. On the same occasion, the arcades of PLATEFORME 10 will be officially inaugurated and will animate the site of PLATEFORME 10, before the opening of the Elysée and Mudac Museum in 2021. From March 13th, the public will be able to discover the hanging of the collections in the east wing of the building as well as the first exhibition in the Project Area (Taus Makhacheva).