City melts with nature
The Hermitage Foundation, sitting in beautiful gardens atop the town, is a place you'll want to hang out, so it's an added bonus if the exhibition is good. This spring its light, airy spaces will be filled with the works of - Le goût de Diderot, Greuze, Chardin, Falconet, David. As part of the celebrations making the 300th anniversary of the birth of Denise Diderot (1713-1784), the Fondation de l'Hermitage is pleased to host an exhibition focusing on the famous French philosopher's relationship to art. This important event will feature en exceptional selection of the paintings, sculptures, engravings, and drawings that Diderot had the opportunity to admire at the temporary exhibitions of the Académie royale de peinture et de sculpture, the well-known Salons held at the Louvre, which he discussed in reviews written in the years 1759-1781.
Art Brut Collection
There are certain things you should not miss when you come to Lausanne, and the Art Brut Collection is one of them. This is where you'll find art created by art world outsiders - people who were never formally trained but for whom art was a form of salvation, rebellion, catharsis or escape.
Rumine: palace of curiosities
You wander in off the Place de la Riponne and the last thing you expect to see is a great white shark. But there he is, stuffed and displaying a strangely sheepish grin. Fix on that glassy eye and you'll forget, just for a moment, that you're in a landlocked country.
Back to the Rumine Palace, the palace of museums, because exploring it is like being let loose in the attics of some Victorian gentleman collector. Today's discovery, in the archaeological museum: a model of a Stone Age lakeside dwelling on stilts. For a while, the Swiss believed their founding fathers weren't mountain people after all, but these water babies. Dating techniques eventually dashed the myth.
An Olympic Museum for Lausanne, the Olympic Capital! This should really not be missed. This brand new museum, which opened in December after two years of renovation work, offers a unique experience. Retrace the history of the Olympic games, immerse yourself in the exciting world of competition sports and experience the Olympics as if you were there.
Ballet quite different with Béjart, a MUST in Lausanne
Maurice Béjart stands for Lausanne. Although I am not a ballet fan, with ballet Béjart it is a different thing altogether. Here we are talking about a modern ballet affordable for everyone. That was very important for Maurice Béjart and he insisted that tickets were sold at affordable prices. Also, the audience is diverse. Some wear jeans, others evening dresses, but the atmosphere is relaxed. In June Beethoven’s 9th symphony will be performed, a dance concert with the symphony orchestra, soloists and choirs. During the performance in Malley there will be 200 artists on stage. It will be a grand event.
Lausanne, the Olympic Capital, 100 years IOC
Did you know about Lausanne and the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee, and this since 100 years? They want to celebrate this anniversary during an entire and very special week-end, dedicated to sports. The festivities will start on Friday (26 June 2015) and take place until Sunday (28 June 2015) at several places of the city of Lausanne. A very special exhibition in the Olympic Museum will take place until the 28 June showing all the important moments and the very close relationship between Lausanne and the Olympic Games.