The 3-D Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating contemporary art to promote environmentalism, education, and culture to local and international audiences. Founded in 2010 by New York-based artist Madeleine Paternot and Verbier-based artist Kiki Thompson, the foundation creates an educational and cultural Artist Residency inspired by the stunning Alpine environment of Verbier, Switzerland at an altitude of 2,300 meters between La Chaux and Ruinettes. More than one million visitors to Verbier can access the park for free year round.

In 2016, the Verbier 3-D Foundation launched a 4-year initiative that will unite artists, locals and scientists to chronicle the impact of the surrounding glacial environment. Their insights will be captured in photography, sculpture and multi-media residencies, alongside research, exhibitions and education programmes for audiences of all ages.

Utilising the lens of art, the Verbier 3-D Foundation aims to create a dialogue around the themes of glacier warming and societal behaviours on a local that extends outwards. The exhibitions will feature new work by visual artists who, in their individual approaches, are interested in these conversations.

Find out more about our visiting and collaborating artists, view upcoming and past exhibitions, and engage in our evolving education programmes.

2016 artist residency

In Search of Frankenstein: 19th June 2016 – 18th June 2017

The Verbier 3D Foundation is pleased to announce that we worked with artist Chloe Dewe Mathews for the 2016 Artist Residency. The artist came to Verbier, Switzerland to develop new work whilst considering the themes of The Year Without Summer and the current age of the Anthropocene.

Matthews was invited to examine the psychological landscapes of the Corbassière Glacier, Giétroz Glacier, Mauvoisin Dam and local surrounding villages while working with local authorities, mountaineers, and glaciologists to further her research while developing the work. This artistic research also resulted in exploring underground bunkers and hospitals in the area, hiking for 2 days in the wilderness, sleeping overnight within the workers chambers at the Dam, and engaging with locals to further deepen her journey.
The resulting  body of work, In Search of Frankenstein, responds to the glacial environment of Bagnes, Switzwerland, a landscape that provides a fitting backdrop for this commentary on the increasingly fragile relationship between man and the natural world.

British documentary photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews studied at The Ruskin School of Fine Art, Oxford University. Her most recent series Shot at Dawn records many of the sites where approximately 1,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers were executed for cowardice or desertion during the first world war. Shot at Dawn was included in Tate Modern’s recent landmark exhibition Time, Conflict, Photographyand currently features in a solo show at The Irish Museum of Modern Art. Dewe Mathews comments: “Whether slag-heap, back of a primary school, churchyard, town abattoir or half-kempt hedgerow, these places have been altered by a traumatic event. By photographing them, I am reinserting the individual into that space, stamping their presence back onto the land, so that their histories are not forgotten.”

Click here for further information about the 2016 Artist Residency.