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.
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
Our Cultured Landscape and its
"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."
Summit’s Academic Director
Director of EDHEA
Our Cultured Landscape and its
"There are small and large gestures we can all make. This is a moment to reflect on doing less, better and for longer."
Nathalie de Gunzburg Director
Dia Art Foundation
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.”
Pinacoteca de São Paulo
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?”
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?”
Who will you meet?
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
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.
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
Jean-Edouard van Praet d'Amerloo & Harry Tappan Heher
Marie-Hélène de Torrenté
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
Lars Bang Larsen
Elvira Dyangani Ose
Dorothea von Hantelmann
Christopher Kulendran Thomas
HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands
Boaventura de Sousa Santos
El Ultimo Grito
Gonzalo Vargas Llosa
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.
Professor of Neurophysiology
2019 Summit Speaker
I surely had high expectations, but the reality surpassed my imagination.
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.