Collections


  • STATUETTE IN THE FORM OF TAWARET (TOERIS)
    EGYPT
    LOW PERIOD
    SELF-ENAMELLED CLAY

    Credit: SALOMON-DE-JONG
     

  • MERTSEGER
    EGYPT
    LOW PERIOD
    SELF-ENAMELLED SILICEOUS CLAY (INV. 312)

    Credit: SALOMON-DE-JONG
     

  • BULLOCKS
    CHINA
    TANG DYNASTY
    GLAZED AND PIGMENTED EARTHENWARE

    Credit: SALOMON-DE-JONG
     

  • FUNERARY FIGURES OF RIDERS
    CHINA
    TANG DYNASTY
    PAINTED EARTHENWARE

    Credit: SALOMON-DE-JONG
     

  • BODDHISATTVA GUANYIN
    CHINA
    YUAN OR MING DYNASTY
    BRONZE

    Credit: SALOMON-DE-JONG
     

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 " China from Beyond the Grave

The database of the collection can be consulted online at the following address: http://musees.lausanne.ch/


  • 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
    "23.01.2006"
    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 database of the collection can be consulted online at the following address: http://musees.lausanne.ch/


  • 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.

From the summer 2012 on, a gallery is devoted to progressively showcasing the collections through a series of thematic exhibitions. Currently: "What is it that renders contemporary jewellery pieces precious?".

Database of the collection: http://musees.lausanne.ch/


  • 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
    Bague
    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.

A computerised catalogue of the mudac’s collections can be consulted on the following website: http://musees.lausanne.ch


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

    Credit: © mudac
     

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

    Credit: ©mudac
     

  • 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
     

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

Recent acquisitions

Among the recent acquisitions of the contemporary jewellery collection: a ring by Karl Fritsch in silver, glass and synthetic stones; the necklace 125 lapins (125 rabbits) made of rabbits teeth and silk or the necklace Frozen by Susanne Klemm.

A new exhibition room dedicated to the collections of the mudac is currently showing part of the contemporary jewellery collections of the mudac and of the Swiss Confederation (in safekeeping at the mudac) in an exhibition entitled What is it that renders contemporary jewellery precious?