The Mudac listening to the Earth

This weekend, art lovers will finally be able to discover the Plateforme 10 website in full. Although exterior arrangements are still awaited, the three museums that make up this Lausanne arts district are now reunited. Two and a half years after the opening of the new Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts, Photo Elysée and the Mudac (Cantonal Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts) are ready to meet their audience in the beautiful building they share.

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At a historic moment, a major event: the three museums each offer a chapter of a major exhibition on the theme of trains. And at the same time, each institution is showcasing its collections. For Photo Elysée and the Mudac, this move is a boon: their exhibition space is now 1500 m², double the space available to them in the historic buildings they occupied to the southeast of the city and the Cited.

Reflection and solutions

For its first exhibition of works from its collection in its new walls, the Mudac has decided not to accumulate its most precious pieces, but to bring together an ensemble offering a reflection on the burning theme of climate change. Curated by Amélie Bannwart and Isaline Vuille, the exhibition Listen to the Earth talks about the worrying state of our planet but, beyond the anxious dimension of the subject, it also offers solutions, as when the Italian duo Formafantasma asks the question, with a glass tower and digital printing on aluminum (Cabinet 12017), e-waste recycling through design.

Same thought from Tomas Krals, an ECAL graduate designer of Slovak origin and based in Lausanne, who looks through the installation Upgrade (2018) on the overabundance of industrial glass jars. For her part, Anaïs Dunn from France has created a giant mobile in which pieces of blown glass can collide to evoke the inevitable melting of ice (Landscape tension, 2021). A playful and intelligent work, in the image of an exhibition based on environmentally friendly scenographic elements.


“Listen to the Earth”, Mudac, Lausanne, until September 25. Free admission on Saturday and Sunday for the inaugural weekend of Platform 10. Find out all articles in the section “One day, an idea».

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