2017 Verbier 3-D Foundation Artist Olaf Breuning

The Verbier 3D Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be working with the 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 in the wake of climate change.

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 in Banges, Switzerland. Their insights will be captured in photography, sculpture and multi-media residencies, alongside research, exhibitions and education programmes for audiences of all ages.

The contemporary understanding of climate and glacier awareness and its global increase have clearly shown how human behaviour in one geographical region can affect life in another, how individuals can impact upon other human beings’ living conditions, how certain populations’ lifestyle affects the environment, and how changes in the natural world conversely can induce migration and societal changes. What is the role of glacier retreat on migration?

Utilising the lens of art, the Verbier 3-D Foundation aims to create a dialogue and awareness 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.

Key concepts include: Place / Space / Scale / Interdependence / Environmental interaction.

Artist Olaf Breuning

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.

The Protestors, 2014
Complaining Forest, 2010
Smoke Bombs 3, 2013
Pattern People, 2013