2017 Public Programme

Verbier Art Summit, the exclusive global event where the art world meets the most innovative thought leaders, is proud to present its public programme.

In 2017, the Verbier Art Summit was organised in partnership with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and took place in Verbier, Switzerland on Friday 20 & Saturday 21 January.


copyright: Frederik Jacobovits

The annual Verbier Art Summit brings together leading artists, museum directors, writers, and professors in subjects such as philosophy, which in 2017 included architect Rem Koolhaas, artist Tino Sehgal, museum director Beatrix Ruf and professor Benjamin Bratton. Private collectors, artists, curators, art and art history students, art professionals and other art lovers interested in the cultural value of art, attended the public programme of the Summit at the W Hotel in Verbier, a one-off chance to join 20 minute-talks by international leading art world figures on topical issues.

Friday 20 January 2017

15-18.30h: Public programme Verbier Art Summit
Location: W Hotel, Verbier

15.00-15.15: Introduction by Beatrix Ruf – Director, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)
15.15-15.45: Benjamin Bratton – Professor of Visual Arts, University of California (US)
15.45-16.15: HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands – Expert on Start-ups (NL)
16.15-16.45: Rem Koolhaas – Architect, founder of OMA (NL)
16.45-17.15: break
17.15-17.45: Cissie Fu – Philosopher, Emily Carr University of Art and Design (CA)
17.45-18.15: Christopher Kulendran Thomas – Artist (UK)
18.15-18.30: Wrap-up discussion

Saturday 21 January 2017

15-18.30h: Public programme Verbier Art Summit
Location: W Hotel, Verbier

15.00-15.15: Introduction by Beatrix Ruf – Director, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)
15.15-15.45: In Memoriam Mark Fisher – Cultural theorist, writer, Goldsmiths University London (UK)
15.45-16.15: Paul Spies - Director, Stadtmuseum Berlin (DE)
16.45-17.15: break
17.15-17.45: Dave Beech – Artist, curator, writer & lecturer Chelsea College of Arts (UK)
17.45-18.15: Tino Sehgal – Artist (DE/UK)
18.15-18.30: Concluding panel

Reservation is not necessary, first come first serve
The public programme of the Verbier Art Summit is free of charge