From 1967 to 2000 at Avenue de Villamont, then from 2000 to 2020 at Place de la Cathédrale, and today at Plateforme 10, mudac continues to foster cross-disciplinarity and the dynamics of exchanges with other disciplines.

Le Musée des arts décoratifs de La Ville de Lausanne

1967 – 2000

In 1967 the Musée des arts décoratifs de La Ville de Lausanne opened on Avenue Villamont. Its director, Rosmarie Lippuner, immediately focused her programme on contemporary Swiss and international design in all its forms. In 1995, following an exchange between the city and the canton, Maison Gaudard was returned to the city to house the successor to the Museum of Decorative Arts (mudac). For its part, the canton took possession of the Arlaud Museum, located on Place de la Riponne.

The Musée des arts décoratifs de La Ville de Lausanne offered more than 250 exhibitions until its transfer to Place de la Cathédrale, under its new name: mudac.

Musée des arts décoratifs de La Ville de Lausanne
© Trivial mass, 2000

mudac on Place de la Cathédrale

2000 – 2021

Listed as a Swiss cultural asset of national importance, Maison Gaudard comprises several buildings whose oldest remains date back to the 13th century, the medieval heyday of Lausanne.

Exhibitions such as Cache-cache camouflage (2002), Nature in a Kit (2009), Playmobil (2011), Nirvana. Strange Forms of Pleasure (2014-2015), Telling Time (2015), Line of Sight (2018) and Nez à Nez. Contemporary Perfumers (2019) were a great success with the public. During the 20 years spent in Maison Gaudard, mudac thus distinguished itself by its curious and incisive look at what shapes our living.

The City of Lausanne has decided to maintain the cultural and public vocation of this emblematic building in the historic district of La Cité. Maison Gaudard will soon be transformed into a house for cultural events and festivals, thus promoting Lausanne’s art scene.

mudac, place de la Cathédrale
© William Gammuto, 2020

mudac “enhanced” within the arts district PLATEFORME 10


In November 2021 mudac will move into the new Plateforme 10 arts district, entirely dedicated to culture. The space, covering some 25,000 square metres, will bring together three renowned museums dedicated mainly to visual creation: the Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts (MCBA), Photo Elysée and mudac, as well as the Toms Pauli and Félix Vallotton Foundations.

Since its creation, mudac has always favoured transdisciplinarity and a dynamic of exchange and collaboration with other disciplines and artistic trends. It thus carries in its genes the spirit of Plateforme 10. Its location in the heart of this new and ambitious arts district will enable it to carry out more large-scale projects.

In the heart of the Plateforme 10 arts district, the public will discover an enhanced mudac from June 2022.

© Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus