Collection de l’Art Brut

One of Lausanne’s key museums, the Collection de l’Art Brut, housed in a magnificent mansion, is full of surprises with its unique collection of works by self-taught artists, far removed from conventional artistic codes.
In the centre of Lausanne, the splendid Château de Beaulieu houses the Collection de l’Art Brut. A one-off in Switzerland, this unusual museum displays the creations of self-taught artists, often the marginalised, detainees or prisoners. Through the permanent and temporary collections, visitors come to reflect on and understand these artists who are not artists.

The Collection de l’Art Brut came into being thanks to a donation from Jean Dubuffet, a French artist and collector, who devised this creative form. According to Dubuffet’s definition, “true art is always there where we least expect it. (…) Art is like a person who loves to remain incognito.”

The Collection de l’Art Brut regularly participates in cultural events and offers free admission on the first Saturday of the month.


Avenue des Bergières 11
1004 Lausanne


+41 (0) 21 315 25 70



From 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 18:00

Useful information

Bus N° 2, 3, 21, “Beaulieu-Jomini” stop
LTC: Discount on the entrance fee


Caregiver for disabled person: no charge

LTC: Free up to age 16

1st Saturday of the month

AVS/AI, students
6 chf

12 chf

What the Lausanners think
«Amateur or just curious, set off on a discovery of funny, bewildering, fascinating, intriguing or even disturbing creations. Our favourite? Undoubtedly Lausanne artist Aloïse and her lovely ladies with large blue eyes that have always made me dream. You won’t come out of it unchanged.»
Carla, the alternative view
Carla, the alternative view
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