Augustin Rebetez, Rencontres d’Arles 2016
THE CARDBOARD MUSEUM
Plateforme10 brings together the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts (mcb-a), Musée de l’Elysée (the canton’s photography museum) and Musée de Design et d’Arts Appliqués Contemporains (MUDAC) on a site next to the railway station in Lausanne, Switzerland. Wanting to go beyond the traditional displays of building models and architectural plans, the three directors asked Augustin Rebetez to design a unique world that presents, in an original style, the ambitious project of bringing three museums together in one place. The artist skilfully explores the museums’ areas of specialisation, whether photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, objects or writing. This comprehensive approach, which flouts hierarchies and genres, immediately came to the fore as this outstanding project’s best ambassador.
His cardboard castle entices visitors to step inside an imaginary museum. The quirky structure includes fi ctional cultural spaces and fake artworks. Pseudo paintings, designer objects, photographs and sculptures are made from cardboard in order to create a museum of major pieces in the history of Swiss art.
This total work brilliantly breaks down walls between media and offers an unprecedented, jubilatory interpretation of artistic practices. The installation allows Plateforme10 to make a statement based on the strong, expressive power of Rebetez’s imagery and unique language.
With support from the Canton of Vaud and the Swiss Confederation.
Exhibition venue: Magasin Électrique