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 and Sculpture Park inspired by the stunning Alpine environment of Verbier, Switzerland at an altitude of 2,300 meters.

The Foundation aims to push the invited artists out of their comfort zone, fostering development that might not be possible in the studio space. Participating artists have included Olaf BreuningJames CapperOnyedika ChukeGregory CoatesTarik HaywardChloe Dewe MathewsZak OvéWill Ryman, and Josette Taramarcaz, among many others.

More than one million visitors to Verbier can access the park for free year round.

In 2016, the Verbier 3-D Foundation launched a 5-year initiative through the residency co-curated by Paul Goodwin and Alexa Jeanne Kusber that unites artists, scholars, scientists and the public to chronicle the impact of the surrounding glacial environment in relation to our current era of the Anthropocene.

The curatorial perspective in this five-year project is to create a residency for artists to investigate modern complex issues around the environment in creative dialogue. The aim is to generate aesthetic sensibility in the arts and for artists to develop innovative series of works and creative propositions in situ that can provide a prism to see the fragility but also the beauty of our environment in a new light. Their insights captured in photography, sculpture and multi-media residencies, alongside research, exhibitions and education programmes for audiences of all ages.

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.

2019 artist residency


The Verbier 3-D Foundation is pleased to announce German artist Karsten Födinger as our 2019 artist-in-residence .

Realized through the engineering or construction techniques, the oeuvre of Födinger brings forth the role of the mechanics as a constitutional element of sculpture­ – we are reminded that it is such a genre that rigidly follows the law of physics. The architectonical fundamentals, such as the cantilever, the avalanche breaker, or the riverside reinforcements, are utilized as a language for one to reflect on the climatic, geographical uncertainties that grounds and un-grounds the current planetary condition.

Födinger’s work is mainly based on his engagement with specific locations whilst utilising local materials. He carries out a detailed examination of a particular place and then creates a sculpture that is rooted in that location. In his work, he aims to combine a location and it’s materials into a cohesive whole.


Click here for further information about the 2019 Artist Residency.