First phase of Plateforme 10 opens in Switzerland

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The Plateforme 10 arts complex in Lausanne, Switzerland
The Plateforme 10 arts complex in Lausanne, Switzerland

The first phase of Plateforme 10, an arts complex in Lausanne, Switzerland, opened Oct. 5 to much fanfare. Located next to Lausanne's newly renovated rail station, the venue -- described as a visual arts district -- once housed the city's trains and now will combine three of the city's top museums in one space.

The Musee Cantonal des Beaux-Arts is now open and is debuting an exhibition called "Atlas. A Cartography of Donations," including works by Soulages, Kiefer, Rodin, Klee, Balthus, G. Giacometti, Vallotton and Soutter.

The Musee de l'Elysee (a photography museum) and the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts will move to the location in 2021, along with the Toms Pauli and Felix Vallotton foundations.

The 237,000-square-foot complex, which will also include restaurants and other public spaces, has been in the works since 2016 and will cost around $180 million. It is expected to draw some 20,000 visitors a year and admission is free.

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