A stone's throw from Lausanne station, the future museum remains in the heart of the city, complete with access via public transport and regional and international connections. The site is destined to become a focal point for cultural life in Lausanne. The PLATFORM 10 project will ultimately host three museums: firstly the mcb-a, followed by the Musée de l’Elysée (the canton's photography museum) and mudac (the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts), both scheduled for completion by 2021.
New visitor services
The building’s architecture, the work of EBV – Estudio Barozzi Veiga, is meant to promote the best possible connection between the visitor and the work of art. The choice was made not to vie with the art, but rather to highlight and enhance it through the design. Restaurant, book- and giftshop, auditorium, specialized library, studio for public outreach projects – these tools are meant to help one and all prolong their visit and promote connections and exchanges with others.
As far as the collection goes, MCBA has approximately 10,000 works and its reputation, both national and international, relies on five major collections: the Abraham-Louis-Rodolphe Ducros (1748-1810), Charles Gleyre (1806-1874), Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923), Félix Vallotton (1865-1925) and Louis Soutter (1871-1942) collections.
The collection’s main focus stretches from the 18th century to post-impressionism, with some beautiful examples of cubism and abstract art of Vaud. The museum’s collection relies on donations from individuals, long-term loans from institutions, and a purchasing policy that tends to complete existing collections while at the same time keeping an eye out for contemporary art, whether local to the Vaud region or international.