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the 17 June 2017

Olaf Bruening Verbier 3D Artist-in-Residence 2017

Vernissage and Panel Discussion : 17th June 2017

The Verbier 3-D Foundation is pleased to announce that we will be working with Swiss artist Olaf Breuning for our 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.

This year is a continuation of a 4-year initiative launched in 2016 by the Verbier 3-D Foundation that units artists, locals and scientists to chronicle the impact of the surrounding glacial environment in Banges, Switzerland. Their insights are captured in photography, sculpture and multi-media residencies, alongside research, exhibitions and public education programmes.

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. 

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 residencies support new work by visual artists who, in their individual approaches, are interested in these conversations. The work is later exhibited in the Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park.

Olaf Breuning : Migrations
18 June 2017 - 18 June 2018

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About Olaf Breuning

Olaf Breuning is a multi-media artist whose works investigate kitsch, appropriation, cliché, 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.

He is internationally known for his work that is humorous and often absurd, based on his observations of human experience and reflections on current cultural and political issues. Gleefully trampling traditional boundaries of artistic practice, Breuning works with photography, sculpture, installation and performance, films and drawing to realise and communicate his ideas.

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

In Search of Frankenstein by Chloe Dewe Mathews


In 2016, we invited British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews to participate in the first year of our artist residency programme surrounding the issues of climate change and glacier activity. Immersing herself within an environment consisting of glaciers and underground nuclear shelters – as well as reading Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein (1818) – she created a new body of photographic work which explores the contemporary relevance of Shelley’s novel in relation to the current era of the Anthropocene period.

The Verbier 3-D Foundation continues to work with Dewe Mathews developing the publication, In Search of Frankenstein, that further engages with the work the artist made during the residency, visualising the opposing environments that coexist under the influence of climate change and technological advance in Switzerland.

The publication is to be released in 2017.

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 educational and cultural work 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.

The Sculpture Park and Artist Residency create a space for artists and experimentation to meet on the mountain in which the artists’ practices are challenged to create cutting-edge contemporary art in relation to place.

The Residency also keeps an open-door policy, so the public is able to see the work in progress. This approach demystifies the making of art and creates a more intimate and informed experience for the viewer.

The power of art is its ability to articulate human emotions and values such as beauty and truth. On the mountain, faced with such sublime vistas, the visitor can experience these works of art…completely removed from the gallery or museum, directly confronting the truth of nature. This is the true meaning of a museum without walls.
– Paul Goodwin, Verbier 3-D Curator
This initiative acts as an integrated creative hub and a vital part of the cultural resurgence of Verbier, Switzerland.

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