Dialogue between an Octopus and a Juicer

07.04.2023 – 11.08.2024

mudac reveals the treasures of its collection in a dedicated exhibition that offers a surprising and quirky exploration of the diversity of the museum’s collection from design to contemporary applied arts.

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Bringing together contemporary works form the fields of design, glass art, ceramics, graphic arts and jewellery through a bold, labyrinth-themed set design, the different works are juxtaposed by formal, informal and even unusual affinities. The route opens up the field of possibilities, fostering unexpected encounters and building bridges between artistic disciplines. Along the way, from Mai-Thu Perret’s ceramic octopus to Philippe Starck’s juicer, from David Bielander’s trompe-l’oeil jewellery to Toots Zynsky’s glass wire bowl, visitors are free to create their own associations or to appreciate the works in themselves.

For the first time at mudac, an audio guide invites you to wander through the collection and to grasp the importance of the dialogue between the works. The audioguide is free of charge and is available at the reception of the building.

Perspective on the Collection

The diversity of objects shown in Dialogue between an Octopus and a Juicer is reflected in the very name of the museum, mudac, which stands for “Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts.” Indeed, the five disciplines: contemporary graphic arts, ceramics, glass art, jewellery and design come together and are linked to the very history of the institution.

From the former Musée des arts décoratifs de Lausanne to Maison Gaudard on Place de la Cathédrale and the current Plateforme 10 site, the mudac collection has been built up over time in line with the trends in contemporary creation. Comprising more than 3,000 works, the acquisitions, donations and long-term deposits have enriched the museum’s collections year after year. In addition to major figures in the creative field, mudac is particularly keen to follow and support the projects of up-and-coming local artists, in particular through the purchase of students graduation works from ECAL – École cantonale d’art de Lausanne – and HEAD – Haute école d’art et de design Genève.

The richness of the collection lies not so much in the quantity of objects, but in the quality and uniqueness of the works, which bear witness to changes in design and applied arts in the 20th and 21st centuries.


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Several emblematic pieces from the mudac collection come to life through short stories written by the writer Marie-Christophe Ruata-Arn and illustrations by the artist Laurence Kubski.

From 9 years old
Edition : La Joie de Lire
Texts : Marie-Christophe Ruata-Arn
Illustrations : Laurence Kubski
ISBN : 978-2-88908-625-2

Amélie Bannwart
Anaïs Devaux

Magali Conus
Camille Némethy

Benjamin Muzzin

Graphic design
Denis Roueche

Jérôme Nussbaum