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.

2017 artist residency

Olaf Breuning

The Verbier 3D Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be working with Swiss artist Olaf Breuning for the 2017 Artist Residency.  The artist will come to Verbier, Switzerland to develop new work whilst considering the theme of Migration, further contributing to our 4-year initiative uniting artists, locals and scientists to consider the impact of the surrounding glacial environment.

Olaf Breuning creates videos, sculptures, drawings, and installations that investigate kitsch, appropriation, cliché, and popular culture, and hint at a collective visual iconography. Breuning’s unique mode of pastiche is eclectic by design, drawing icons from sources both high and low, Edvard Munch to Andy Warhol’s Marilyns to the Easter Bunny. In “The Art Freaks,” a series of 2011 color photographs, Breuning painted nude models’ bodies to evoke the signature styles of influential 20th-century artists like Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock, and On Kawara, questioning our relationship to supposed “masterpieces,” as well as our mediated experience of them through reproductions.

Swiss, b. 1970, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, based in New York, NY and Zurich, Switzerland.

Click here for further information about the 2017 Artist Residency.

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