through August 30, 2020


featuring Melanie Bilenker

Musée de Design et d’Arts Appliqués Contemporains, Lousanne Switzerland

The Gaudard house, in the Place de la Cathédrale, has been mudac’s home for exactly 20 years, serving its purpose admirably. As this era draws to a close, mudac wishes to pay tribute to the house in the museum’s last exhibition before its upcoming move.

For three months, the Gaudard house will proudly host Extraordinary!, a diverse selection of highly unusual and (almost) functional objects. Each room in the museum has been assigned a role associated with everyday life : library, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, game room, music room, bathroom and basement. The exhibition features objects collected by the curators over the years in a purposefully subjective presentation. These hidden gems and remarkable objects immerse the viewer in a dreamlike and deeply personal world that plays with the concept of function : the objects are too large or too small, jocose, bestial, vegetal, subtle, disturbing or even fabulous.

The objects are displayed theatrically in a cardboard décor. Among them drift the spirits that inhabit the house – visitors can catch a glimpse of these stealthy beings in the various rooms, read what they have to say in the exhibition program and, in some corners of the museum, hear the sounds they make.

Melanie Bilenker‘s work will be in the bathroom and the bedroom, fittingly.