Top 5 exhibitions to be seen now

By MyLausanne

We have visited the 5 exhibitions to be viewed now in Lausanne! From the Fondation de l’Hermitage to the Collection de l'Art Brut, not forgetting the Pully Art Museum, the MCBA and the Musée de l’Elysée… You’ll see, there’s something for everyone!

4th Art Brut Biennial – Theatre

The world of theatre is present in all its forms and represented in very diverse works: costumes, videos, photographs, drawings, paintings, masks, sculptures, puppets… All of that in a highly colourful world. There is really something for everyone! The 4th Art Brut Biennial showcases 28 creators from all walks of life, which makes it an extremely rich and surprising exhibition.

Dunya Hirschter
Reinhold Metz
Reinhold Metz

We all agree that Art Brut works are often surprising (in a good way!). This may be due to the fact that those who practise this form of art are often outsiders, sometimes with a truly rebellious spirit! Indeed, we owe the concept of Outsider Art to French painter Jean Dubuffet who, in 1945, decided to create a collection of works created by mental hospital inmates. In Art Brut works, the conventional does not exist and artists don’t follow a well-trodden path, which is why some pieces may astonish us… One thing is for sure: Outsider Art leaves no one indifferent! As for us, we love being surprised and setting off to discover this world in a magnificent exhibition.

Guy Brunet
Vahan Poladian

If you visit the 4th Art Brut Biennial, don’t miss the permanent exhibition! Among the displayed works, August Walla’s very large canvas is particularly impressive. This Austrian artist was admitted to a psychiatric hospital in 1970, and it is there that he drew and practised his art. Drawing and writing are both present in his works, which often illustrates imaginary deities. Head to the second floor of the exhibition to admire the canvas!

August Walla
August Walla

Until April 26, 2020
Entrance fees

Canada and Impressionism – Fondation de l’Hermitage

We love going to the Hermitage not only for its exhibitions, but also its magnificent setting: located in the middle of nature despite being in Lausanne, the Foundation enjoys a breathtaking view on the lake. After appreciating this privileged environment (and feasting our eyes), let’s go to the museum.

Fondation Hermitage

In this new exhibition, we discover impressionism through the eyes (or rather the paintbrushes!) of 20th-century Canadian artists! Clearly determined to draw inspiration from the greatest (Monet, Renoir, Pissarro…), these young painters travelled to Paris. While some remained in Europe, others returned to their native country, where they introduced the public to their new knowledge of impressionist painting. They put down on canvas the wintry landscapes of their beautiful country, with the sumptuous quality of its light mixed with the extremely harsh climate that characterises it (hello minus 30), as well as summer days in the Canadian countryside. The exhibition leads you on a discovery of the original works by these artists who are little known in Europe.

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté

With its 35 artists and their hundred or so paintings, the exhibition “Canada and Impressionism” brings together works that represent landscapes seen by the artists during their stay in France and those of their native country, Canada. No need to board a plane: if you want to travel, head towards this new exhibition!

Giverny, William Blair Bruce
Henri Beau

After the visit and weather permitting, we enjoy the sun and a coffee on the terrace of the Esquisse!

Marino Trotta

Until May 24, 2020
Entrance fees

Paris en fête – Pull Museum of Art

The French capital is at the heart of this new exhibition with paintings dating back to the end of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century… They represent Paris as a free, festive and Bohemian city, and this really comes across in the pictures! In the course of the visit, we discover extremely colourful paintings; we directly experience the lively and merry aspect of life in the town as it is communicated by the artists! And we are completely amazed by these works in which we’d almost like to be transported.

For instance, we would love to bask in the armchair of this painting, while listening to some good music from the times.

Raoul Dufy

Among the displayed works, we particularly notice those of French artist Raoul Dufy; colourful and gay, they do a wonderful job of representing the “joie de vivre” of the Belle Epoque and the roaring twenties in Paris! Don’t miss the painting called ”Paris and the Eiffel Tower” that is well worth your time!

Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy

At the end of the exhibition, it’s impossible to miss the huge photography of Paul Eluard and his wife, Nusch Eluard. Alongside it is a poem by Paul Eluard dated 1942 and entitled “Liberty”, a perfect fit for Parisian life!

Nusch & Paul Eluard par Man Ray

This visit has given us the urge to book a train ticket to Paris, pronto!

Until May 10, 2020
Entrance fees

Under the Skin. Vienna 1900 – MCBA

The new exhibition organised in the Plateforme 10 arts district is for sure one of the unmissable events of the year 2020! The Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts is inaugurating a brand-new temporary exhibition that highlights 20th-century Viennese artists. To make the most of it, go on a Tuesday or a Sunday, when a guided tour (in French) is included in the price of the ticket!

First of all, when we go to Plateforme 10, we are awed from the start: we can’t get enough of its magnificent entrance hall! And it’s even better when the sun is shining.

After the short photo session in the entrance (it’s so beautiful we simply have to!), we’re ready to discover “Under the Skin”. The 180 works presented in this new exhibition focus on the skin (hence the title!) and were created in the context of major evolutions in the medical sciences. To tempt you, here are some of the painters included in the exhibition: Klimt, Schiele, Kokoshka… No less!


We did enjoy being surprised by the exhibition’s exceptional works! In the course of the visit, we explored the museum’s rooms, organised according to six distinct sections:

1. Blank Skins
2. Colourful Skins
3. Under the Skin
4. Around the Skin
5. Space and Skin
6. Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Richard Gerstl

Max Kurzwell (toile) & Adolf Loos (divan)

Pssst: Our favourites are the colourful and graphic works by Kokoshka, particularly the one entitled “Standing girl in vines”; to see it, go to the Blank Skins section (first floor!).


To end the visit on a high, take a look at the museum shop! It would be a pity to leave without a small souvenir of that fantastic visit…

Until May 24, 2020
Entrance fees

René Burri, Explosions of Sight – Musée de l’Elysée

The museum’s nine rooms are showcasing the world of the Swiss photographer! Which is fitting, as before his death in 2014, the famous photojournalist had chosen the Musée de l’Elysée to shelter his Foundation.


Over the course of this exhibition, we are immersed in the various stages of René Burri’s life: on the ground floor, we discover for instance the photographer’s high-school exercise books, as well as his very first photograph, taken at the age of 13.

© René Burri / Magnum Photos. Fondation René Burri, Courtesy Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne

We also discover several pictures taken during his many travels across the globe.

© René Burri / Magnum Photos. Fondation René Burri, Courtesy Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
Mexique, Etat du Chiapas, 1982
Brésil, Rio de Janeiro, 1960

Needless to say, but we will do so anyway: it’s impossible to leave the exhibition without viewing the world-famous “Che au cigare” (Che with Cigar), the famous portrait that brought him to the attention of the public. This photography was taken during a trip with Laura Bergquist, a reporter from Look magazine, who had been invited by the Che himself so she could see for herself what was really going on in Havana. A photography that has been seen around the world and should be missed on no account!

Until May 3, 2020