Lausanne

Switzerland



Address:
Place de la Cathédrale 6
Lausanne
1005
Phone: +41 21 315 25 30
Fax: +41 21 315 25 39
Website: www.mudac.ch

MUDAC

MUDAC- Musée de design et d'arts appliqués contemporains

(Museum of design and contemporary applied arts)

Always on the lookout for new trends, the MUDAC wishes to be a place of exchanges and encounters between the fields of design, applied arts and contemporary art. Is the categorisation into major and minor arts inherited from 19th century art historians still pertinent today? Is it not the case that artists work for design companies? Do not designers have preoccupations similar to those of contemporary artists?
The exhibitions organised by the MUDAC, whether thematic of monographic in nature, attempt to address these problems from different angles. With no hesitation about putting commercial objects and art objects in the same room, the MUDAC challenges the compartmentalisation of applied and fine art.


Permanent Collection

The museum houses an exquisite collection of ancient art from Egypt and Asia, compiled by art historian, lecturer and guide Jacques-Edouard Berger on his travels.
The second floor of the MUDAC houses contemporary creations made uniquely from glass.
The MUDAC also houses its own collections, formed over the years and resulting from exhibitions. Design pieces, ceramics, engravings, jewellery, textiles and paper works are kept in the museum’s storerooms and are sometimes shown within the framework of temporary exhibitions.


Previous Exhibitions

MOBIKADABRA
7 March – 28 May 2007
This exhibition falls within the framework of the project “Mobidécouverte- les enfants designers”, a project of the Industries Francaises de l’Ameublement (IFA, French Furnishing Industries) conducted in France since 1998 and involving teachers and their pupils, designers and manufacturers. Supervised by teachers and aided by designers, primary school classes (4 to 10 year olds) were invited to created new pieces of furniture and make models of them. Around sixty prototypes have been produced from these “children’s dreams” by IFA with the assistance of designers.

CRISS + CROSS
7 March – 28 May 2007
This is a travelling exhibition, created by the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia. The exhibition CRISS + CROSS Design in Switzerland unveils revealing aspects of the skilfulness and diversity of design in our country. A series of 6 packing cases acting as staging for the exhibition offers visitors more than 400 objects. This selection testifies to the vast panorama of 20th century creative work, involves diverse generations of designers and addresses every design discipline. It groups the objects according to clear, pertinent and often unusual themes, such as from the famous to the confidential or from the authored design to the anonymous object.


Forthcoming exhibitions

SPACETRICKS

APPLIED ANIMATION – CARTE BLANCHE TO THE SWISS FILM ARCHIVE AND THE SWISS GROUP FOR ANIMATED FILMS
20 June – 23 September 2007

SWISS FEDERAL DESIGN GRANTS 2007
17 October 2007 – 17 February 2008




Opening hours

Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11am to 6pm

In July and August, the MUDAC is also open on Mondays, from 11am to 6pm




Facilities

In house library combines books and magazines from the museum’s own collection, covering design as well as every field of contemporary applied arts, with those of the Jacques Edouard Berger Foundation with an emphasis on Egyptology and Chinese civilisation.
The library may be consulted by appointment. Please contact the librarian Christiane Mercier at the museum for more information.
The MUDAC also houses a shop, selling design objects, books and gifts.


Museum internal and external photos (1)

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Education

A wide range of guided tours, workshops and activities available, please contact the museum for more information.