The Verbier 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.
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 Breuning, James Capper, Onyedika Chuke, Gregory Coates, Tarik Hayward, Chloe Dewe Mathews, Zak Ové, Will Ryman, and Josette Taramarcaz, among many others.
In 2016, the Verbier 3-D Foundation launched a 5-year initiative 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.
In 2018, Verbier 3-D expanded its outreach to New York City with a residency program developed for past Verbier 3-D alumni, entitled Time + Space, led by founding board members Madeleine Paternot and Alaina Simone.
More than one million visitors to Verbier can access the park for free year-round.