Collections

  • Philip Baldwin et Monica Guggisberg;"Figura dell’Ora blú", 1997;Blown and ...

    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

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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

    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

    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

    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,

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.

New exhibition from 18 March 2015: Living Glass II.

Exhibition co-produced with the Musée valaisan de la Vigne et du Vin in Sierre: This is not a bottle.
From 2 May to 25 October in Sierre and from 18 November 2015 to 1 May 2016 at mudac.

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

    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)

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

    Credit: SALOMON-DE-JONG
     
  • BULLOCKS;CHINA;TANG DYNASTY;GLAZED AND PIGMENTED EARTHENWARE

    BULLOCKS
    CHINA
    TANG DYNASTY
    GLAZED AND PIGMENTED EARTHENWARE

    Credit: SALOMON-DE-JONG
     
  • FUNERARY FIGURES OF RIDERS;CHINA;TANG DYNASTY;PAINTED EARTHENWARE

    FUNERARY FIGURES OF RIDERS
    CHINA
    TANG DYNASTY
    PAINTED EARTHENWARE

    Credit: SALOMON-DE-JONG
     
  • BODDHISATTVA GUANYIN;CHINA;YUAN OR MING DYNASTY;BRONZE

    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 Pot Luck: Vessels of the Far East

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

  • David Bielander, Scampi, bracelet, 2008, argent cuivré et élastiques, Ø 10 cm ...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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.

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

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

    Fernando et Humberto Campana pour Edra, chaise
    « Jenette », 1999.
     
  • Caroline Andrin, vase « de l’emballage à l’objet », 2003.

    Caroline Andrin, vase « de l’emballage à l’objet », 2003.
     
  • Edouard Chapallaz, vase, 1976.

    Edouard Chapallaz, vase, 1976.
     
  • Magdalena Gerber, « Teller Stories », 2001-05.

    Magdalena Gerber, « Teller Stories », 2001-05.
     
  • Hella Jongerius pour DMD, « Soft Vases », 1993.

    Hella Jongerius pour DMD, « Soft Vases », 1993.
     
  • Philippe Starck pour Alessi, brosses à dents;« Dr Kiss », 1998.

    Philippe Starck pour Alessi, brosses à dents
    « Dr Kiss », 1998.
     
  • Esther Brinkmann;Bague;Argent fin « Vases », 1994; Diamètre 2,8cm x hauteur ...

    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 ...

    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: http://musees.lausanne.ch

  • Marianne Eggimann, Rathead, 2010

    Marianne Eggimann, Rathead, 2010

    Credit: Atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne
     
  • Marianne Eggimann, What to do?, 2011

    Marianne Eggimann, What to do?, 2011

    Credit: Atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne
     
  • Natalie Luder;125 lapins, 2005-2006;Collier;Dents de lapin, fil de soie ...

    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
     
  • Sophie Hanagarth; Bretzel, 2009;Necklace, wrought iron;120 x 5.5 x ...

    Sophie Hanagarth
    Bretzel, 2009
    Necklace, wrought iron
    120 x 5.5 x 0.9 cm
    Collection of the mudac

    Credit: Atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne
     
  • usanne Klemm;Frozen, 2007;Collier;Polyoléfine;38 x 38 x 7 cm ...

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

    Credit: © mudac
     
  • Hassan Kahn, The Knot, 2012

    Hassan Kahn, The Knot, 2012

    Credit: Atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne
     
  • Tomas Libertiny, The Seed of Narcissus, 2011

    Tomas Libertiny, The Seed of Narcissus, 2011

    Credit: Atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne
     
  • Simon Klenell, Frigger Tactics, 2011

    Simon Klenell, Frigger Tactics, 2011

    Credit: Atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne
     
  • Maxime Bondu, L‘Ampoule de Livermore, 2011-2012

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

    Credit: Maïna Loat – atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne
     
  • Chance, 1978, silkscreen printing, 69 x 66 cm (Playmatic)

    Chance, 1978, silkscreen printing, 69 x 66 cm (Playmatic)

    Credit: Atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne
     
  • Solar Ride, 1975, silkscreen, 66 x 66 cm (Gottlieb)

    Solar Ride, 1975, silkscreen, 66 x 66 cm (Gottlieb)

    Credit: Atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne
     
  • Doug Watson, Barracora, 1981, silkscreen print, 73 x 65 cm (Williams)

    Doug Watson, Barracora, 1981, silkscreen print, 73 x 65 cm (Williams)

    Credit: Atelier de numérisation de la Ville de Lausanne
     

Recent acquisitions

The ceramics collection has acquired three statuettes by Marianne Eggimann that gracefully perpetuate the history of decorative porcelain.

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 contemporary glass collection has acquired a number of remarkable pieces over the last three year that are currently part of the exhibition Living Glass II until 1 November 2015.

Since 2012, the mudac has dedicated a room to its own collections, gradually introducing them to the public through thematic exhibitions. From 5 June 2015, a selection of pinball glass backs dating from 1953 to 1994, from a private collection recently given to the mudac on long-term loan, is presented.