Jeudis Design 2015

For their 10th editions, the Jeudis Design invite you to special events to discover today's design trends, in Switzerland and abroad. Lectures, panels and debates will be as many opportunities to meet and exchange with Swiss and international designers.

In partnership with the magazine Espaces Contemporains.

On the occasion of the exhibition Telling Time, the mudac invites you to discover the watch of the future, to explore a watchmaking manufacture and to reflect on our relation to time during a round table with an historian and sociologist, a chronobiologist and a philosopher.

This autumn, the mudac takes to Zurich to delve further into the universe of the Freitag brothers on the occasion of their carte blanche exhibition.

  • Caption:
    Rendez-nous nos sacs!
    Credit: Freitag

Give us back our bags! Until 31 July

Give me your bag and I will give it its next life!

The Freitag brothers & the conceptual artists Frank & Patrik Riklin of the Atelier für Sonderaufgaben (renown for their Null Stern Hotel, the zero stars hotel) recycle ad absurdum: they reclaim worn out FREITAG bags and give them a new life as truck tarps!

Partake in the project and bring your worn out Freitag bag to the mudac or any Freitag shop until 31 July.

And discover all the adventures of the reclaimed bags from 28 October at the mudac!

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    Samsung Gear S (SM-R750), 2015
    Credit: Samsung

Jeudi Design: The watch of the future, Thursay 27 August at 18.0

The thousands of features of smartwaches push into the background the first function of a watch: giving the time. Are we still speaking of watches? Is a watch defined by its form or its function? What is the economical future of the connected watch as well as the classical watch?

Panel discussion with:
Xavier Perrenoud, designer and founder of Atelier XJC
Xavier Comtesse, co-founder of Watch & manufacture thinking
Moderation: Emmanuel Grandjean, Culture & Société editor, Le Temps

Thursday 27 August at 18.00

In French

Free admission

Reservation essential: 021 315 25 30 or

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    Mio Chareteau, DAY-N, 2011
    Credit: Rebecca Bowring

Opening: "L'Heure qu'il est" at CACY, Saturday 29 August from 17.00

En parallèle à L'Eloge de l'heure, le Centre d'art contemporain Yverdon-les-Bains présente l'exposition L'heure qu'il est.

A l'heure où le besoin de montre n'existe plus et que l'industrie de l'horlogerie perdure tout de même pour sa valeur culturelle, patrimoniale ou artistique, il est de bon ton que les artistes participent à l'avancement des idées dans ce domaine. L'heure qu'il est présente des pièces contemporaines à la poésie visuelle, métaphorique ou philosophique

Vernissage public samedi 29 août dès 17h

Performance de Mio Chareteau de 17h à 20h
Pendant 8 heures, l'artiste énonce oralement les secondes à haute voix, soit 28 800 chiffres. Chaque heure est enregistrée puis diffusée par haut-parleurs. Les secondes de la 1ère heure se superposent à la 2e heure, puis la 1ère et la 2e heures à la 3e et ainsi de suite.

Au Centre d'art contemporain Yverdon-les-Bains (CACY)
Place Pestalozzi, 1400 Yverdon-les-Bains

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    Montre de poche dite Bras-en-l’air, Vacheron Constantin, Genève, 1930
    Credit: Vacheron Constantin

Guided tour: Telling Time, Saturday 5 September at 16.00

Guided tour (in French) of the exhibition Telling Time with Camille Bezzola, art historian

Saturday 5 September at 16.00

Price: free admission to the museum and the tour (first Saturday of the month)

No reservation

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    La Nuit des musées 2015

Launch of the programme of The Long Night of the Museums, Tuesday 8 September at 18.00

The Long Night of the Museums will take place on Saturday 26 September from 14.00 to 2.00 with more than 100 activities for all audiences in 24 museums!

For the first time, the programme will be revealed during a public presentation on Tuesday 8 September at 18.00.

Another first: in 2015, The Long Night of the Museums will set up its own ephemeral radio and the public will be provided with their own radio receiver for the event.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 at 18.00 at les Arches du Grand-Pont (place de l'Europe)

Reservation essential at

More information:

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    Darren Almond, Perfect Time, horloge murale, 2012
    Credit: Darren Almond. Courtesy Galerie Xippas

Guided tour at the CACY, Tuesday 8 September at 18.30

Chantal Prod'Hom gives a guided tour of the exhibition L'heure qu'il est at the Centre d'art contemporain Yverdon-les-Bains (CACY).

Tuesday 8 September at 18.30

At the Centre d'art contemporain Yverdon-les-Bains
Place Pestalozzi, Yverdon-les-Bains

Free admission

No reservation

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    Vacheron Constantin, montre-bracelet forme dite coussin, Genève, 1919n", Cartier, Paris, 1931
    Credit: Patrimoine Vacheron Constantin

Excursion Design, Wednesday 9 September

Behind the scenes at Vacheron Constantin: The prestigious watchmaker receives the mudac's audience for an exclusive visite of its manufacture.

14.00: meeting place: in front of the manufacture
14.30: tour of the workshops
16.30: break
16.45: lecture (in French) about creation at  Vacheron Constantin, by Vincent Kauffmann, Design Directeur, and Christian Selmoni, Art Director. Presentation of historical watches, contemporary products and craftsmanshift
17.45: drinks will be served

Wednesday 9 September from 14.00 to 18.15

Meeting place: at 14.00 in front of the manufacture of Vacheron Constantin:
10, chemin du Tourbillon
CH-1228 Plan-les-Ouates

Free admission

Reservation essential (very limited availability):
021 315 25 30 or