The Verbier Art Summit: Innovation and Change with Madeleine Paternot, co-founder of Verbier’s 3-D Sculpture Park
FROM JANUARY 31st TO FEBRUARY 3, 2019, ART GENEVA’S SALONS DES ARTS IS HOLDING THE 8th EDITION OF ITS MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR. OVER THE COURSE OF 7 YEARS, ARTGENEVE HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CONTEMPORARY AND MODERN ART FAIR. THIS YEAR, IT WILL GAIN IN EVER-INCREASING POPULARITY BY THE ADDITION OF DECORATIVE ARTS, HISTORIC AND CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AND TRIBAL ART, AND FEATURE PAD (THE PAVILION OF ART AND DESIGN FAIR THAT IS SO WELL ATTENDED IN PARIS AND LONDON).
PACE GALLERY IS OPENING A NEW SPACE IN GENEVA IN MARCH AND IS PARTICIPATING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ARTGENEVE. THE GALLERY, LOCATED IN THE CENTER OF THE CITY AT THE QUAI DES BERGES 15-17, PROVIDES PACE A PLATFORM TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN ITS ENGAGEMENT WITH THE REGION’S CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS, COLLECTORS AND PUBLIC.
TO QUOTE MARC GLIMCHER, PACE’S PRESIDENT AND CEO:
“As the art world grows increasingly global, embracing new commercial centers and strengthening relationships with communities of collectors around the world are key elements of our mission to advance the international engagement with our artists’ work.”
HAUSER AND WIRTH RECENTLY ADDED YET ANOTHER GALLERY TO ITS INTERNATIONAL EMPIRE, ITS THIRD IN SWITZERLAND, WITH A NEW SPACE IN ST. MORITZ, . THE SWISS DEALERS HAVE RETURNED TO THEIR ROOTS, OPENING LAST DECEMBER WITH AN EXHIBITION OF WORK BY LOUISE BOURGEOIS.
ON A YOUNGER NOTE, VITO SCHNABEL GALLERY WAS FOUNDED IN ST. MORITZ IN 2015 AND CURRENTLY FEATURES AN EXCEPTIONAL EXHIBITION, THE AGE OF AMBIGUITY, CURATED BY BOB COLACELLO, WITH A DIVERSE RANGE OF ARTISTS SUCH AS RASHID JOHNSON, JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, JAQUELINE HUMPHRIES, AND ANDY WARHOL.
GAGOSIAN HAS HAD ITS FEET FIRMLY PLANTED IN SWISS SOIL SINCE 2010, OPENING AT THAT TIME WITH A STUNNING INAUGURAL EXHIBITION, “GIACOMETTI IN SWITZERLAND”, CURATED BY THE GIACOMETTI FOUNDATION AND BY ANNETTE GIACOMETTI, AND IS CURRENTLY EXHIBITING OUR SARDONIC KITSCH AMERICAN PAINTER, JOHN CURRIN.
SWITZERLAND IS BURSTING WITH CONTEMPORARY ART AND IDEAS IN EARLY FEBRUARY AND TODAY’S LRFA BLOG IS DELIGHTED TO HAVE MADELEINE PATERNOT, CO-FOUNDER OF VERBIER’S 3-D FOUNDATION AND SCULPTURE PARK, SHARE THE DETAILS OF THE EVENTS TAKING PLACE AT THE VERBIER ART SUMMIT.
MADDY, WELCOME BACK. PLEASE TELL US ABOUT JAMES CAPPER’S WORK AND WHY HE WAS CHOSEN AT THE 2018 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE.
Capper’s work AERO CAB creates a modern platform for visitors to consider the role of the engineer in relation to creating solutions in fragile natural environments in places such as Verbier, and to the possibilities of broadening the scope from the technical aspects of engineering to those aspects that directly affect communities and the environment. Capper, an artistic engineer, was invited to Verbier, Switzerland to become immersed in the local glacial environment to develop new work responding to the 200th year anniversary of the Giétro Glacier and its catastrophe of 1818.
In 1815, ‘Year Without Summer’, marked the beginning of a three-year period of severe climate deterioration of global scale, unforeseen chaotic and chilling weather caused many glaciers in Switzerland to increase in mass. The Giétro Glacier therefore advanced and loomed over the valley. This caused alarm of the threat of falling ice, avalanches and the possibility of the ice dam that had formed, bursting. The Giétro Catastrophe is one of the most famous and most disastrous historical events in the Swiss Alps related to climate change. Its folklore is embedded in the local history of the surrounding areas and recently resurrected due to this year’s anniversary fused with current debates on effects of the present-day period of amplified global warming – the Anthropocene.
The Verbier Art Summit is an international platform for discourse connecting thought leaders to key figures in the art world to generate innovative ideas and drive social cahnge. This year, our 3-D Foundation offers test runs of AERO CAB with artist James Capper.
Verbier 3-D Foundation Art Summit Events:
Friday 1st February :
13h – 14h: Art Walk in the snow through the Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park with artist James Capper and 3-D curator Alexa Jeanne Kusber
James Capper’s AERO CAB Test Runs at the Verbier Art Summit
As part of our continued cultural partnership in 2019 with the Verbier Art Summit, we would like to invite you to experience an afternoon of experimental sculptural demonstrations (test runs) of AERO CAB with the artist that will take place on 2 Feb and 3 Feb 2019.
Saturday 2nd February :
13h – 14h: Test run of AERO CAB with artist James Capper
Sunday 3rd February :
13h – 14h: Test run of AERO CAB with artist James Capper
The Verbier 3-D Foundation is pleased present, AERO CAB a new sculptural work by British artist James Capper which is currently on exhibit at an altitude of 2,300 meters in the Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park. The artistic engineer was invited to participate in our 2018 Artist Residency to become immersed in the local glacial environment to develop new work in response to current debates on climate change.
James Capper’s sculptural machines have specific, functional uses, but the tangible impact they have on the environment also engages with essential questions concerning the relationship between the natural world, art and technology. The application of hydraulic engineering ensures each work has the capability of landmarking or sculpting when operated, however, the experimentation and refinement deployed transcends componentry and purpose, rendering them as works of art.
This all comes together when Capper operates his creations in person, as the testing of his work is a crucial part of the artist’s practice – the outcome never specifically predetermined. Once the behaviour of AERO CAB is identified during these test runs, Capper will continue to develop the work through the medium of film.
Visitors are also invited on 1 February for a curator-led walk through of Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park with Verbier 3-D’s Chief Curator Alexa Jeanne Kusber and artist James Capper.
Alexa Jeanne Kusber is an American independent curator and creative based in Zurich. Throughout her career, she has maintained a focus on questioning and expanding the notion of curating.
She co-curates the Residency Programme with British curator Paul Goodwin at the Verbier 3-D Foundation, creating a space for artists and experimentation to meet in an alternative context in which the artists’ practices are challenged to create cutting-edge contemporary art in relation to place.
Furthermore, we are excited to be included in the VIP programming for Art Geneva for the AERO CAB event on 2 February.
IN OUR NEXT LRFA BLOG POST, WE RETURN TO PRIVATE VIEW NY, MADDY’S MOST RECENT UNDERTAKING, ITS LINKS WITH THE VERBIER ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM AND SOME WONDERFUL PAST AND CURRENT EXHIBITIONS.
PLEASE JOIN US!