Let’s meet at the station

18.06 – 25.09.2022

“Rencontrons-nous à la gare” is part of the inaugural theme Train Zug Treno Tren put forward by the three museums of Plateforme 10.

Focusing on the idea of meeting and the roman de gare (the pulp novel but literally in French the “train station novel”), mudac places the individual at the center of its show. As the classic locus of reunions, departures, and chance encounters, the station and the train are places in which life plays out, spaces that are especially favorable to the imagination. This union of reality and fiction lies at the heart of the story told by the exhibition Rencontrons-nous à la gare (Let’s Meet at the Station), which is punctuated with objects that spring from the field of design as well as contemporary artworks. Extending and rounding out this wonderful range of items are moving images from the worlds of advertising and music videos. Archival footage from the Swiss federal railway network can be seen alongside artworks by Christian Boltanski, Salvador Dali, Sophie Calle, Marina Abramovic, and Studio Job.

In order to enhance the objects with a fictional component, the exhibition comes with a contemporary airport novel, Terre-des-Fins, published by Editions Zoé, which was written by three experienced authors: Bruno Pellegrino, Aude Seigne and Daniel Vuataz. The exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to become, during their visit, the character of the novel they most identify with.
The scenography is the work of the Interior Architecture Department of HEAD – Genève, Geneva University of Art and Design -, and turns mudac’s new exhibition halls into a film set welcoming visitors to a hypothetical mining town reminiscent of the one in the novel and inviting them to become the heroes and heroines of their own scenario.

Curators :

Marco Costantini
Deputy director
Rafaël Santianez
Research associate

Staging :

HEAD – Genève, Architecture d’intérieur
Javier F. Contreras
Head of the department 
Valentina de Luigi
Assistant of the department
Youri Kravtchenko
Project Manager
Camille Bagnoud et Manon Portera
Shana Bennett et Gaïane Legendre
BA students

A joint exhibition

“Rencontrons-nous à la gare” is the first mudac exhibition in its new building. This exhibition, which is presented from June 18 to September 26, 2022, is part of the common theme of the three museums of Plateforme 10: Train Zug Treno Tren.
The three exhibitions, conceived by each of the museums of Plateforme 10, enrich the metaphor of this railway history by paying homage to the former vocation of the site in the immediate vicinity of Lausanne station, a stopover for the mythical Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express.
Favoring the crossing of views, the three exhibitions free themselves from any literal or strictly chronological approach. Transdisciplinary, they prefer instead to cross their subject from one side to the other, symbolizing in a subtle mixture of identity strength and versatility the genesis of this unique platform that is the arts district of Lausanne.

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Three catalogs gathered in a boxed set are co-published for the occasion by the editions Noir sur Blanc for the French version and Scheidegger & Spiess for the German version. Available at the mudac and Photo Elysée shop.

Pulp novel

With the aim of bringing about a dialogue between the materiality of objects and a fictional component, a pulp novel, an authentic contemporary roman de gare, is part and parcel of the exhibition. Published by Editions Zoé, the work, titled Terre-des-Fins, was written by three established authors, Bruno Pellegrino, Aude Seigne, and Daniel Vuataz. Available at the mudac and Photo Elysée shop

Behind the scenes of the exhibition

“Rencontrons-nous à la gare”, an exhibition created with 20 tons of bricks! In episode 3 of the web-series “Le mudac prend ses quartiers”, Marco Costantini and Rafaël Santianez take you behind the scenes of the exhibition.


The exhibition is supported by its partners : Julius Bar, main partner, La Loterie Romande and La Fondation Ernst Goehner.