Jeudis Design 2014

For their 9th edition, the Jeudis Design invite you to 5 special events to discover the current trends of design, 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.

In 2014, the mudac invites you to an exceptional workshop this Spring and to a cultural trip in Switzerland this Autumn, as well as lectures and conferences with Franco Clivio and Otto Künzli on the occasion of their solo exhibitions at the mudac, as well as with Betony Vernon during the exhibition Nirvana. Strange Forms of Pleasure.

  • Caption:
    Usine Kugler
    Credit: Julien Gregorio

Design Trip, Thursday 13 November

On the occasion of the exhibition Nirvana, the mudac is presenting a dozen perfumes, renowned for their animal or aphrodisiac scents.

For this purpose, mudac and the magazine Espaces Contemporains have the pleasure to inviting you to join us on an exclusive, cultural excursion to Geneva related to fragrances: visit to the workshop of two designers whose work centers on color; a lecture by Muriel Jacquot of Laboratoire d'Ingénierie des biomolécules in Nancy ("Do scents have colors?"); and a guided tour of the fragrance creator Givaudan laboratories (usually closed to public).

Thursday 13 November 2014

8am: Departure from Lausanne
9:30-11:15am: visit to Chloé Peytermann's and Christian Humber-Droz' workshop
11:30am-1pm: Indian lunch at La Parfumerie, a former perfume production center
1-2:15pm: lecture by Muriel Jacquot (in French)
3-5pm: scent tour of the Givaudan laboratories
5:45pm: return trip to Lausanne, arrival at 6:45pm

Price: 65.-
(50.- for the Friends of the mudac) all inclusive, beverages excepted

Reservation required by 30 October at 021 315 25 30 or
FULLY BOOKED (waiting list)

Download detailed programme here (in French).

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    Atelier Van Lieshout, Body Sofa, 2009
    Credit: David Brook

Sexpertise, Saturday November 22nd at 2pm

Maïa Mazaurette is a sexpecialist journalist and blogger, a former columnist for France Inter and currently, a columnist for GQ magazine. On behalf on mudac, she will will be taking you on a personal guided tour, where you will benefit from her sharp eye and caustic humor on the exhibition Nirvana. Strange Forms of Pleasure.

Saturday November 22nd, 2014 at 2pm

Price: 15.-. Free for the Friends of mudac

Advance reservation required at 021 315 25 30 ou

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    Betony Vernon, Soul-Less Shoes, 2005
    Credit: Michael James O’Brien

Jeudi Design: Meet Betony Vernon, Thursday January 22nd at 6pm

Betony Vernon is an erotic jewellery designer, a sexual anthropologist, and the author of The Boudoir Bible (a book offering the keys to an orgasmic and disinhibited sexuality). She will present and comment her installation, specially designed for the mudac exhibition.

Thursday January 22nd, 2015 at 6pm

Price: 15.-. Free admission for the Friends of the mudac

Advance reservation required at 021 315 25 30 or

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    Petros Chrisostomou, Big Wig 5, 2006
    Credit: Petros Chrisostomou

Creative Writing Workshop, 23 November and 15 March at 14.00

How to define pleasure? Come and play with the words that are usually whispered. Use taboo and forbidden words to dialog with the exhibited objets and... your own fantasies.

Workshops are hosted by Emmanuelle Ryser, writer.

Sunday 23 November 2014 from 14.00 to 16.30

Sunday 15 March 2015 from 14.00 to 16.30

Workshop for adults only

Price: 10.- per participant

Reservation essential at 021 315 25 30 or

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    Rein Vollenga, Sans titre (Wings), 2013
    Credit: Jonas Lindström

Jeudi Design: Panel on sexuality and censorship, Thursday February 12th at 6pm

In a society that values freedom of speech and sexual blossoming, we censor ourselves to avoid disturbing our neighbours or the politically correct. Until where can we go when it comes to matters of sexual pleasure? What are the limits to speech and image? How can we justify those limits other than through our own subjectivity in their respect?

All these questions will be explored during a roundtable with several speakers from the realms of art, politics and communication.

Thursday February 12th, 2015 at 6pm

Admission free

Detailed programme tba at the end of 2014.

Reservation essential at 021 315 25 30 or

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    Mark Woods, Flesh Gordon, 1999
    Credit: Paul Tucker

Erotic Literature in Switzerland, Thursday April 16th

As an extension of the Nirvana. Strange Forms of Pleasure exhibition the Unil (Faculté des Lettres) proposes to analyse the stakes in the erotic literature from French-speaking Switzerland. During an entire day of studies at Grange Dorigny, there will be lectures, roundtable discussions and readings about this singular field and its production/distribution specificities.

Thursday April 16th, 2015, all day

Admission Free

Detailed Programme tba from March 2, 2015.

Reservation essential at 021 315 25 30 or