POST TOUR: Ceramic circuit
– POST TOUR –
|Members of the Geneva 2022 congress can choose the Post-tour which will take place by bus on Monday, September 19, departing from Geneva.
|After a drive along the lake with a panoramic view of the Alps, you will reach your first destination, Lausanne, in Vaud canton, where you will be received by the director of the mudac, the only museum in French-speaking Switzerland dedicated exclusively to design and contemporary applied arts. The museum, which promotes transdisciplinarity and the dynamics of interactions between the multiple disciplines of contemporary art, lies in the heart of the new PLATEFORME 10 arts district. Here three museums dedicated to visual creation have been brought together: the mudac, the Cantonal Museum des Beaux-Arts (MCBA) and the Musée de l’Elysée (cantonal museum of photography).
|The mudac has a collection of design, contemporary glass art, contemporary jewellery, graphic arts and ceramics. Its new museum space within Plateforme 10 offers a rich selection of works from its prestigious collection of contemporary glass art, one of the largest in Europe. The collections of contemporary jewellery, ceramics, design and prints are presented alternately within the permanent exhibition. The mudac shares with the Elysée museum the beautiful building designed by the Portuguese architects Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus where a bay window, to the south of the exhibition halls, offers an exceptional view of the lake and the Alps.
|After lunch, you will arrive in Yverdon-les-Bains to visit the exhibition of contemporary plastic arts “Melting Pot or how to change lead into gold”, organized by the Visarte Vaud association, the Centre d’art contemporain of Yverdon-les-Bains and the Museum of Yverdon and region, housed in a fortified castle and seigneurial residence of the 13ᵉ century. This exhibition brings together artists from diverse backgrounds, presenting installations, sculptures, poems and performances.
|A collection of historical pieces will accompany the works. Melting Pot – or the melting pot of cultures – is a mix of artists who express themselves in clay: visual artists or ceramists, with diverse training, techniques and expressions but with one point in common: Ceramics. Located in the centre of Yverdon-les-Bains, the castle has, since 1915, housed the museum which traces the history of the city and its territory over almost 8000 years.
You will end your journey at the Château de Prangins, open exclusively that day for your group. The director and curator of ceramics and precious metals of the Swiss National Museum in Zurich will show you around the rooms of the permanent exhibition “Noblesse oblige! Castle life in the 18th century” with a particular focus on the ceramic objects on display. The exhibition invites visitors to enter the daily life of a noble family in the Pays de Vaud during the Age of Enlightenment. The old reception rooms, which include a lounge, dining rooms and libraries, have been restored to their former glory and form the setting of the exhibition which serves as a showcase for some 600 period objects.
The castle’s vegetable garden, created in the 18th century, restored to its original form, is now a conservatory dedicated to the preservation of old regional varieties and the presentation of domestic biodiversity. On its 5500m2 nearly 200 species and varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs present in the region in the 18th century, are cultivated following the principles of organic farming.
It is the produce from the vegetable garden that, depending on availability, will adorn the beautiful plates of the Café du Château where you will end the day with a convivial dinner.