From 1-2 February 2019, the third edition of the Verbier Art Summit will take place in Verbier, Switzerland, in collaboration with museum director Jochen Volz of Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil, under the theme:
WE ARE MANY
. ART, THE POLITICAL AND MULTIPLE TRUTHS
In times of increasing uncertainty, with the erosion of democratic principles through the manipulation and bias of social and conventional media, we are in need of a deeper understanding of the multiplicity of narratives around us.
“I truly believe in the transformative capacity of art,” states Jochen Volz
. “Brexit, the recent elections in Brazil and the political shifts in the US, once again prove our increasingly binary understanding of the world. At the 2019 Verbier Art Summit, we will explore art’s readiness to hold multiple truths, and search for new ways to apply this to other fields of public life.”
The 2019 Summit speakers include artists Tania Bruguera, Latifa Echakhch, Grada Kilomba, Ernesto Neto
and Rirkrit Tiravanija;
art educator Naine Terena;
curator Gabi Ngcobo;
philosopher Federico Campagna;
Tate director Maria Balshaw;
professor of neurophysiology Wolf Singer;
and professor of sociology Boaventura de Sousa Santos.
Art has the potential to give voice to forgotten and silenced narratives, but also to envision new possibilities. The speakers of this edition will explore questions of multiple narratives in our current society, art as a path for new methods of engagement, the role of institutions in engaging with art and the reshaping of our relationship with one another through new ways of thinking that foster solidarity.
The annual Verbier Art Summit is an international platform for discourse in a non-transactional context. The Summit connects thought leaders to key figures in the art world to generate innovative ideas and drive social change. The Summit speakers also take part in a programme of debate and dialogue alongside invited art world stakeholders, to work together on generating new initiatives and collaborations.
The Verbier Art Summit is an independent initiative organised by a non-profit association in
partnership with a yearly rotating museum director. Past collaborators have included Beatrix Ruf of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2017), who co-designed the format of the inaugural Verbier Art Summit, and Daniel Birnbaum of the Moderna Museet Stockholm (2018). Held in a unique location at an altitude of 1500m with views across the Swiss Alps, the Summit offers participants the best possible art talks and cultural programme.
The Verbier Art Summit provides a free two-day talks programme which can be attended in Verbier and online via live-broadcasting by anyone with a passion for art and innovation. The Summit speakers and members participate in an extended debating programme to generate further initiatives and visions in relation to this important topic.
DETAILED PROGRAM (PDF)