Plateforme 10

Photo Elysée and the mudac join the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (MCBA) in Plateforme 10, Lausanne’s new art district.

Following the handover ceremony of the new building on November 4, a discovery weekend open to the public took place on November 6 and 7, 2021. The inauguration of the exhibition spaces of Photo Elysée will take place on June 18 and 19, 2022.

Lausanne's art district

The reunion of the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (MCBA), Photo Elysée and the mudac, completed by the Toms Pauli and Félix Vallotton foundations, will form a new 25,000 m² arts district in the heart of the city of Lausanne.

Plateforme 10’s mission is to awaken the curiosity of all audiences by offering them a place to live, a space for discovery, exchange, learning, experimentation, wonder, but also for leisure and contemplation.

The inaugural period of this new arts district will take place from June 18 to September 25, 2022.

Key dates

June 18 and 19, 2022
Opening weekend of Plateforme 10 and the new building of Photo Elysée and the mudac

November 6 and 7, 2021
Discovery weekend of the new building of Photo Elysée and the mudac

September 27, 2020
Temporary closure of Photo Elysée

May 29, 2019
Free admission to Photo Elysée and start of the work on the collections in preparation for the move

October 5, 2018
Laying of the foundation stone for the building of Photo Elysée and the mudac

Plateforme 10 Foundation

The Plateforme 10 Foundation brings together the three museums in a single foundation under public law. While preserving their identities, this new organization will facilitate the governance of the site and strengthen the tourism and cultural positioning of Plateforme 10. The Plateforme 10 Foundation has been operational since January 1, 2021. As the Foundation’s supreme body, the Plateforme 10 Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Foundation’s strategic objectives and for its sound management.

Foundation Committee

Olivier Audemars | President, Audemars Piguet
Ariane Widmer Pham | Vice-president, urban architect
Marco Franciolli | Former Director of the Museo d’Arte della Svizzera italiana, MASI Lugano
Hedy Graber | Head of Cultural and Social Affairs, Federation of Migros Cooperatives
Vincent Grandjean | State Chancellor
Patrick Mangold | Legal advisor and specialist in labor law
Nicole Minder | Representative of the State of Vaud, Head of the Cultural Affairs Department
Marie Pok | Director of the CID (center for innovation and design), Grand-Hornu, Belgium
Alexandra Post Quillet | Independent administrator and associate of the Academy of Administrators (ACAD)
Agnès Sire | Artistic Director of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Paris

The City of Lausanne has been granted a guest seat.

The Board of Directors of Plateforme 10 is responsible for implementing the strategic direction defined by the Board of Trustees. It is composed of Tatyana Franck, Director of Photo Elysée, Chantal Prod’Hom, Director of mudac and Bernard Fibicher, Director of the MCBA, and is chaired by Patrick Gyger, Executive Director of Plateforme 10.

The mudac

The only institution entirely dedicated to design in French-speaking Switzerland, mudac’s program includes the discovery of designers or graphic artists through monographic exhibitions, or exhibitions that question the public on contemporary social themes. This program demonstrates mudac’s interest in the world in which it is situated and in the wide range of issues that the term design itself can encompass.

The diversity of the points of view of each project has enabled mudac to assert itself both on the national and international scene by proposing its exhibitions to its counterparts. Europe and Asia have thus been able to discover exhibitions made in mudac on numerous occasions. Open to collaborations of all kinds, mudac is regularly associated with the various universities in French-speaking Switzerland. It likes to publish its research through the catalogs it publishes, in which numerous invitations are extended to researchers from all disciplines. RADDAR, the first Swiss design research journal, is also a tool for the mudac to disseminate the major questions raised by this rich medium.

The Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (MCBA)

The Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts (MCBA) is the first museum to open its doors on the Plateforme 10 site in 2019, in a setting that aims to foster the best possible relationship between the person and the work: a priority for the institution. The architecture does not compete with the art, which it wants to enhance. The restaurant, bookstore-boutique, auditorium, specialized library, and mediation workshop are all tools that extend the visit of each and every one and encourage exchanges.

The MCBA’s collection comprises some 11,000 works, and its reputation, both nationally and internationally, is based on five major collections: the Abraham-Louis-Rodolphe Ducros (1748-1810), Charles Gleyre (1806-1874), Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923), Félix Vallotton (1865-1925), and Louis Soutter (1871-1942) collections.