• Philip Baldwin et Monica Guggisberg
    "Figura dell’Ora blú", 1997
    Blown and cut glass
    Collection of mudac, Lausanne

    Credit: Cédric Bregnard, Technichrome

  • Giles Bettison
    Proximity #59, 2004
    Murrine blown glass
    Collection of mudac, Lausanne

    Credit: Cédric Bregnard, Technichrome

  • Frantisek Vizner
    "Yellow Plate", 2003
    Cast glass, cut and polished
    Collection of mudac, Lausanne

    Credit: Cédric Bregnard, Technichrome

  • Josepha Gasch-Muche
    Broken glass pieces glued on wood panel
    Collection of mudac, Lausanne

    Credit: Cédric Bregnard, Technichrome

  • Jana Sterbak
    "Hard Entry", 2003
    Blown glass
    Collection of mudac, Lausanne

    Credit: Cédric Bregnard, Technichrome

  • Pablo Picasso
    Egidio Costantini
    "Figura", 1963
    slumped glass
    Collection of mudac, Lausanne

    Credit: Cédric Bregnard, Technichrome

  • Rirkrit Tirvanija
    "Infinity Pan", 2003
    Borosilicate glass, Collection of mudac, Lausanne

    Credit: Cédric Bregnard, Technichrome

Contemporary glass art

The second floor of the mudac houses creations centred around a unique material: glass. Glass – a newcomer among artistic materials, ranging from lead crystal to flat industrial glass, by way of solid glass – underwent a revival during the course of the 20th century. It was known under its utilitarian and decorative forms, but what about glass as art?

The mudac offers visitors the chance to come and explore the history and present condition of glass art. Thanks to this remarkable collection, built up in close collaboration with its patrons since the early 1970s,

it is possible to see the themes and diverse techniques chosen by approximately 310 artists whose works are displayed in rotation. Visitors will understand what it is about glass that fascinates artists and why they choose glass to express themselves. The fact is that working with glass is a matter of giving substance to light, revealing it, giving it nuances and making it sparkle.

The collection is currently closed to the public. Upcoming exhibition: Living Glass II. Public opening on Tuesday 17 March from 18.00.












Jacques-Edouard Berger

 Deposited with the City of Lausanne by the Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation, the collections of ancient Egyptian and Asian art amassed during his lifetime by Jacques-Edouard Berger, art historian, lecturer, organiser and accompanier of cultural trips, are presented at the mudac by means of exhibitions on a rotational basis. One gallery is dedicated to ancient Egyptian art, while two other rooms present objects from Asia, for the most part Chinese but also Indian, Tibetan and Japanese.

Two experts, an Egyptologist and a specialist in Chinese art, collaborate with the mudac to select objects and derive interesting themes from them, such as Literati Stones and Imaginary Landscapes, The World of Buddhism, Gods and Men in Ancient Egypt and Animals of the Far East. Guided tours are offered once a month on a Sunday.

Exhibitions currently showing: Death on the Nile and Pot Luck: Vessels of the Far East

Database of the collections:

  • David Bielander, Scampi, bracelet, 2008, argent cuivré et élastiques, Ø 10 cm
    Collection de la Confédération déposée au mudac.

    Credit: © Simon Bielander

  • Bernhard Schobinger, collier, 1987, cuivre, or, bois, caoutchouc, pavatex,
    boucles en acier et fil en étain, Ø 23.5 cm
    Collection de la Confédération déposée au mudac.

    Credit: © mudac

  • Verena Sieber-Fuchs, Noce, collier, 1984,
    papier de boucher et fil acier, Ø 23.5 cm

    Credit: © mudac

Contemporary Jewellery

The mudac houses two remarkable jewellery collections: its own and the Swiss Confederation's. Totaling nearly 200 pieces, they reflect the amazing changes in a permanently dynamic realm.

Already in the '60s, contemporary jewellery freed itself from what by then was deemed a devitalized tradition. Instead, jewellery creators claimed an artistic status born of a wide aesthetic spectrum: from minimalism to unbridled fantasy, from abstraction to figuration. Many from their ranks aimed beyond the purely decorative, concerning themselves instead with the social, cultural and relational ramifications of jewellery.

By the '80s, contemporary jewellery turned openly anti-establishment. Exploring its limits, resorting at times to performances and installations, it drew closer to contemporary art. Over the last twenty years, however, it has evolved from manifesto-like stands alone towards, as well, personal claims on behalf of the individual.

The mudac currently presents a selection from its collections: What is it that renders contemporary jewellery pieces precious? and has published a comprehensive book about them: Bijoux en jeu.

Database of the collections:

  • Fernando et Humberto Campana pour Edra, chaise
    « Jenette », 1999.

  • Caroline Andrin, vase « de l’emballage à l’objet », 2003.

  • Edouard Chapallaz, vase, 1976.

  • Magdalena Gerber, « Teller Stories », 2001-05.

  • Hella Jongerius pour DMD, « Soft Vases », 1993.

  • Philippe Starck pour Alessi, brosses à dents
    « Dr Kiss », 1998.

  • Esther Brinkmann
    Argent fin « Vases », 1994
    Diamètre 2,8cm x hauteur 3,4 cm

  • Sonia Morel
    Bracelet, 1999
    Argent noirci
    Diamètre 7,5 cm x hauteur 4,5 cm

    Credit: Sylviane Pittet

Design, ceramics and prints

Despite its young age, the mudac has numerous collections inherited from Lausanne’s Musée des arts décoratifs. Since its opening in 2000 it has regularly acquired new works, seeking in this way to document creativeness in the fields of ceramics, jewellery, printing, textiles and glass.

Basing itself on the principle that one of the museum’s main missions is to provide evidence of contemporary creation for future generations, the mudac has laid down a specific acquisitions policy and tends to favour Swiss artists.

The team searches, obtains information, receives offers from artists and buys what it believes is representative of a certain style or the technical possibilities of the moment.

Database of the collections:

  • Sophie Hanagarth, Bretzel, 2009

    Credit: Atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne

  • Natalie Luder
    125 lapins, 2005-2006
    Dents de lapin, fil de soie
    30 x 35 cm
    Collection de la Confédération déposée au mudac
    Acquisition 2009

    Credit: ©mudac

  • usanne Klemm
    Frozen, 2007
    38 x 38 x 7 cm
    Collection du mudac
    Acquisition 2010

    Credit: © mudac

  • Nathalie Heid, Wasserurne, 2013

    Credit: Nathalie Heid

  • Laura Couto Rosado, Alice Haldenwang, Yu Li, Tingting Zhang, Telepathy, verre soufflé, 2012

    Credit: HEAD - Dylan Perrenoud

  • Maxime Bondu, L‘Ampoule de Livermore, 2011-2012

    Credit: Maïna Loat – atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne

  • Körner Union
    Meuble, 2006
    Wood and tin, 80 x 25 x 110 cm
    Acquisition 2010

  • Karl Fritsch
    Bague, 2006
    Argent, verre, pierres synthétiques
    5 x 4.5 x 4.5 cm
    Collection du mudac
    Acquisition 2008

    Credit: ©Thierry Gauthey, CEPV

  • Philip Baldwin et Monica Guggisberg
    Headed Round The Cape, 2010
    Blown glass, inciso et battuto, 140 x 40 x 32 cm
    Acquisition 2010

  • Jaime Hayon
    Science Vase 2, 2009
    Blown glass, 55 x 35 cm
    Acquisition 2010

  • Matali Crasset
    Bouteille à la croix, 2008
    Blown glass, 32 x 7.5 cm
    Acquisition 2010

  • Fred Fischer
    Egomorphisme 7, 2008
    Blown glass, silvering, 30 x 26 x 18 cm
    Acquisition 2010

  • Matt Mullican
    Education Tool, 2009
    Glass, maple (box), 40.4 x 31 x 20.1 cm
    Acquisition 2010

  • Joana Meroz Ozorio de Almeida et Andrea Bandoni
    The Object Without A Story, 2009
    Blown glass, 35 x 35 cm
    Acquisition 2010

Recent acquisitions

Recent acquisitions in the mudac's contemporary jewellery collection include the Pretzel necklace by Sophie Hanagarth, an amalgam of popular culture and classical mythology, the 125 Rabbits necklace by Natalie Luder, made out of rabbits' teeth and silk thread, and Susanne Klemm's Frozen necklace. The ceramics collection has acquired two Wasserurne, funerary urns made of degradable porcelain, by Nathalie Heid. 

A gift from HEAD-Geneva, the blown-glass helmets entitled Telepathy by Laura Couto Rosado, Alice Haldenwang, Yu Li and Tingting Zhang have been added to the contemporary glass art collection, along with the Bulb of Livermore, a perpetual lightbulb by Maxime Bondu, and the Mae West series by Studio Job. All of these works are currently on display at the mudac.

Since 2012, the mudac has dedicated a room to its own collections, gradually introducing them to the public through thematic exhibitions. Currently showing: What is it ...