The Verbier Art Summit membership platform is an international group of visionaries in the art world. Coming from diverse backgrounds and interests, their shared goal is to drive social change through art.

Membership Platform


The Verbier Art Summit membership platform comes together – by invitation only – every winter in Verbier, Switzerland for a weekend of innovation.


The annual programme is organised in partnership with an acclaimed museum director each year around urgent themes at the intersection of art and society.

2021 Virtual Summit


Resource Hungry:

Our Cultured Landscape and its
Ecological Impact

"Awareness of environmental issues is essential to our life on Earth. We are the virus, but also the only vaccine that exists to slow down climate change."

Jean-Paul Felley

Summit’s Academic Director

Director of EDHEA

2020 Summit


Resource Hungry:

Our Cultured Landscape and its
Ecological Impact

"There are small and large gestures we can all make. This is a moment to reflect on doing less, better and for longer."

Jessica Morgan

Nathalie de Gunzburg Director 
Dia Art Foundation

2019 Summit


We are Many.

Art, the Political and Multiple Truths.


“Art muses on the unknown and thrives on inventing signs for phenomena or things we have not yet named. It can do this because it naturally joins thinking with doing, reflection with action. Art is grounded on imagination, and only through imagination will we be able to find new ways into the future.”

Jochen Volz

Museum Director

Pinacoteca de São Paulo

2018 Summit


More than Real.

Art in the Digital Age. 

“Technology will change art in the most fundamental way. As Walter Benjamin said, it is art's task to create a demand which can be fully satisfied only later. I believe that some artists can be said to anticipate the digital possibilities that are being developed with such speed today. For instance, was Salvador Dalí already thinking in terms of virtual reality?”

Daniel Birnbaum

2017 Summit


Size Matters! (De)Growth of the 21st Century Art Museum. 


“Whenever there is a question for growing, sizing up, the question of architectural sizing up swell, there is the question of what qualities we might gain and what qualities we stand to lose?”

Beatrix Ruf

Who will you meet?

principal members

Principal Members serve as leaders in the art world and the Verbier Art Summit membership platform. Principal Members contribute to the Verbier Art Summit by supporting the participation of Shaper Members. Each Principal Membership funds a Shaper Membership as an honored guest, which may be a past speaker, museum professional, artist, scholar, or other key influencer. Principal Members collaborate with the Summit team to enable these invitations.

Marie-Louise Albada Jelgersma

Dakis Joannou

Renée Drake

Frances Reynolds

founding members

Founding Members are predominantly residents of Verbier (on either a permanent or seasonal basis) and are all intricately involved in art as private collectors, artists or art consultants. They “host” the Verbier Art Summit by inviting art world stakeholders to exclusive moderated art debates, exclusive lunches or dinners, and even provide housing to the speakers in their beautiful chalets. 

Catherine Barré

Helena & Martin Bjäringer

Séverine  & Hubert Bonnet

Ute & Maarten Esser

Paula & Robert Fentener van Vlissingen

Marie-Claude & Charles Firmenich

Domenique Forsberg & Caspar Schübbe

Claartje & Joseph de Gruyter 

Lena & Per Josefsson

Charles de Pauw

John Porter

Jean-Edouard van Praet d'Amerloo & Harry Tappan Heher

Marie-Hélène de Torrenté

honorary members

Artists, museum directors, curators, academics, political figures, writers and innovation leaders. They have contributed to the Verbier Art Summit as speakers, moderators, curators or honored guests. 

Allora & Calzadilla

Karen Archey

Ed Atkins

Maria Balshaw

Lars Bang Larsen

Dave Beech

Daniel Birnbaum

Irma Boom

Andrea Bowers

Benjamin Bratton

Tania Bruguera

Federico Campagna

Douglas Coupland

Elvira Dyangani Ose

Latifa Echakhch

Olafur Eliasson

Mark Fisher

Cissie Fu

Dominique Gonzales-Foerster

Dorothea von Hantelmann

Barbara Hendricks

Joan Jonas

Stefan Kaegi

Grada Kilomba

Rem Koolhaas

Christopher Kulendran Thomas

Michelle Kuo

Adrian Lahoud

Tobias Madison

Jessica Morgan

HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands

Ernesto Neto

Gabi Ngcobo

Susanne Pfeffer

Philippe Rahm

Lucie Raven

Djamila Ribeiro

Pamela Rosenkranz

Beatrix Ruf

Tino Sehgal

Nicholas Serota 

Wolf Singer

Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Paul Spies

Naine Terena

Rirkrit Tiravanija

El Ultimo Grito 

Dado Valentic

Gonzalo Vargas Llosa

Paul Verschure

Jochen Volz

Anicka Yi


Lena Josefsson

Art Collector

Founding Member

It was inspiring to dig into a topic in refreshing, relaxed, and small groups. The backdrop of the gorgeous alpine landscape is in itself inspiring.

Wolf Singer

Professor of Neurophysiology

2019 Summit Speaker

I surely had high expectations, but the reality surpassed my imagination.

Géraldine Zeuner

Head Culture & Development

of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

The quality of the discussions, the atmosphere and the mutual respect between people made it a very nice experience for reflection and change.