History & Team
Verbier I Art Untold was borne out of the idea that art is more than a passion, it is a reflection of life.
Surrounded by fellow passionate art lovers in the inspiring Swiss Alps, in 2013, Anneliek Sijbrandij began to envision the creation of an influential international art platform, which would host an annual Art Summit in Verbier. The international Summit would allow the visual arts world to connect generations and continents, to share ideas and vision, and importantly, take place away from the hustle and bustle of art fairs, where the focus has become more and more on the commercial aspects of art rather than the cultural value of art.
In the summer of 2014, Julie Daverio and Marie-Hélène de Torrenté joined forces to help make this vision possible and, together, the three of them founded the Verbier I Art Untold Association, a tax exempt not-for-profit Association headquartered in Verbier, Switzerland.
The organisation within the Association is structured as follows:
Anneliek Sijbrandij – President & Treasurer
Anneliek is the Founder of Verbier I Art Untold. A tax lawyer by training, Anneliek worked over twelve years as an international tax consultant for Deloitte in London and Amsterdam. Always passionate about art, she studied art history at Sotheby's Institute of Art and modern and contemporary art at Christie's Education in London. Anneliek runs the day-to-day organisation of the Verbier Art Summit.
Julie Daverio – Vice President & Secretary
Julie is a non-executive director of Verbier I Art Untold. A legal and insurance professional, Julie worked over fifteen years for Swiss Re in Zurich and Rome, and currently works with Bombardier Transportation. She has always been passionate about art, assisted in the set-up of the Association and advises the team on occasion.
Marie-Hélène de Torrenté – Vice President
Marie-Hélène is a non-executive director of Verbier I Art Untold. Marie-Hélène was the cultural attaché for the municipality of Bagnes and owner of the Vieux Verbier restaurant. She advises the team with her extensive local knowledge and passion for culture.
In 2015, the Board of Advisors was set-up, existing of leading art world figures and Verbier stakeholders.The Board currently includes Pilar Albada Jelgersma, Marlies Cordia, Melissa Jacobovits de Szeged, John Slyce, Noepy Testa and Siebe Tettero.
The résumés of the Directors and the Board of Advisors are included below: Pilar Albada Jelgersma, Marlies Cordia, Julie Daverio, Melissa Jacobovits de Szeged, John Slyce, Anneliek Sijbrandij, Noepy Testa, Siebe Tettero and Marie-Hélène de Torrenté.
PILAR ALBADA JELGERSMA
Pilar Albada Jelgersma - Rodríguez-Toubes Osborne (Madrid, Spain, 1973) graduated from Richmond University London in 1997, where she did a joint degree in Communications and Art History.
She lived in Vermont (USA) where she graduated from high school. In Europe she has lived in Paris, London and Madrid. Currently Pilar is living in Amsterdam, where she previously worked on two business ventures, Pilar Chica (shoes retail and design) and Weddinglick (online wedding portal). In addition, Pilar is a board member for Stichting Bio, a Dutch based foundation, raising funds to help disabled children.
Since October 2013, she works at Art Advisory Services, a business set-up by Sofia Urbina in Madrid, focused on finding art pieces that fit the aesthetics and budget of each client, offering the investment factor as an added value.
Pilar has been following art as a way to understand our historical contemporaniety and as an alternative way of looking at the world.
Since the launch party in January 2015, she has been on the Board of Advisors of the Verbier | Art Untold Association.
Marlies Cordia – Roeloffs (Metz, France, 1974) graduated the University of Amsterdam in 2001 where she studied Communication Science. She is living in Amsterdam, where she worked as an account manager for TBWA\NEBOKO for 5 years, before setting-up as a freelance marketing-communication advisor to several agencies and companies.
From 2010 she changed careers and in 2011/2012 she studied Modern & Contemporary Art at Christie’s Education in London.
Since then, Marlies has been curator of the Triton Collection Foundation, which includes work by artists from the period 1870-1970. The Triton Collection has been generously sharing their collection with international museums and are lending the works to exhibitions across the world.
Recently, Marlies has been adding more contemporary pieces to the Triton Collection. In addition, she became a Board Member of the Stedelijk Museum Fund in 2015.
From the very start, Marlies has been involved with the concept of the Verbier Art Summit: sharing art, ideas and vision, and is therefore an important member of the Board of Advisors of the Verbier | Art Untold Association.
Julie Daverio (Upland, California) graduated with a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 1995. She obtained a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, in 1988.
Julie is a legal and insurance professional, currently working as risk & insurance manager at Bombardier Transportation in Zürich. She worked in several roles at Swiss Re in Zurich and Rome for over 15 years, as a judicial clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals, and as a statistician Standard & Poor's Compustat.
Since the start of 2014, when Julie was on a sabbatical in Verbier, she has been involved with the Verbier Art Summit. From the first meetings with Beatrix Ruf at the Kunsthalle in Zurich, to the set-up of the non profit Verbier | Art Untold Association in the summer of 2014, she has been crucial in helping make the vision of the Verbier Art Summit an actual reality.
Julie is a a non-executive director of Verbier | Art Untold, and within the Association she is responsible as a vice president & secretary, ensuring that all legal requirements of the Association are continued to be met.
MELISSA JACOBOVITS DE SZEGED
Melissa Jacobovits de Szeged - Ahlqvist (Haarlem, the Netherlands, 1975) graduated in Tax Law at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, in 2002. During her studies, she also lived in Montreal, Canada and Stockholm, Sweden. Melissa worked in international sales for a renowned accessible fashion jewellery brand, and has more than 7 years of international tax consultancy experience with Professional Services firm Deloitte in Amsterdam.
Melissa took a sabbatical in 2013 to spend time with her family and lives in Amsterdam. During the past years she has trained as a Mindfulness and Yoga teacher, and is about to finalise her education to be a professional Mediator.
She also reignited her passion for art, which she studied in high school, and tries to take in as much art as Amsterdam and her travels abroad have to offer. Melissa is driven by a sense of purpose, which for her is about inspiring people to connect with themselves as well as with others.
Melissa has been coming to Verbier for over 18 years and is still captured by its natural splendour and vibrant energy.
As of November 2016, she joined the Board of Advisors of Verbier | Art Untold and is ready to help creating an amazing 2017 Verbier Art Summit & Verbier Art Talks.
Anneliek Sijbrandij-Schachtschabel (Breda, the Netherlands, 1976) graduated in Tax Law at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, in 2000. She has more than 12 years of international tax consultancy experience with Professional Services firm Deloitte, 2 years in Amsterdam and 10 years in London. Anneliek’s experience ranges from managing large cross-border transactions for real estate fund clients, to leading global Deloitte project teams.
From 2011, she followed her passion for art and studied Modern & Contemporary Art at Christie’s Education, preceded by a summer study programme Michelangelo to Matisse at Sotheby’s Institute.
Since 2013, when she was on a sabbatical in Verbier, Anneliek has been working on the launch of an international Art Summit. In 2014 she founded the non-profit Verbier | Art Untold Association together with Marie-Hélène de Torrenté and Julie Daverio, and became the president & treasurer of the Association.
Anneliek is particularly focused on creating a platform where people can share their ideas and vision, with the goal to innovate the visual arts world.
Currently, Anneliek is working closely with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam to invite influential Keynote Speakers to the 2017 Verbier Art Summit with the theme Size Matters! In addition, she meets regularly with the Board of Advisors, and works with THNK, the School of Creative Leadership, as well as the Verbier founding members, to ensure the Summit program will educate, provoke and inspire its members and the wider community.
To Anneliek art is more than a passion. It's a way of life!
John Slyce (Columbia, South Carolina, 1964) read Modern History and Politics at the University of Florida, languages and history at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and history and critical theory at the University of Michigan.
John is a writer, critic and lecturer based in London. He is a Research Tutor based in Painting at the Royal College of Art. In addition, he teaches on the MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Art-world Practice and leads seminars in Method and Theory at Christie’s Education.
He has written extensively on the work of Sarah Sze, Gillian Wearing, Sarah Jones, David Shrigley, Darren Almond, Michael Landy, Carey Young, Cullinan and Richards, Allen Ruppersberg, Rodney Graham, Pipilotti Rist, Charles Avery and Becky Beasley and regularly contributes essays, reviews and interviews to the major art magazines and journals.
John is an art editor for Bedeutung, a quarterly magazine of philosophy, current affairs, art and literature published in the UK. He is also an editorial consultant for Blackdog Publishing’s Artworld series.
Research interests include the legacy of conceptual art in contemporary practices; image and text; art, politics and activism; and the trajectory of practices centred in and on the move from studio to a post-studio condition and modes of production.
John has been involved with the Verbier Art Summit from the very start and has been on the Board of Advisors of the Verbier | Art Untold Association since January 2016.
Noepy Beckers-Testa (The Hague, NL, 1975) studied Arts at McGill University, Montreal, Canada and graduated in History at the University of Amsterdam in 2001, including a year at the Université Paris Sorbonne. She followed the International Marketing Programme at INSEAD, France in 2013.
Noepy lives in Amsterdam and is an independent cultural communication consultant. Between 2001 and 2010 she worked as Press and Publicity manager for the international exhibition centre De Nieuwe Kerk and for the Hermitage Amsterdam museum. She also worked at the PR department of the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
In 2011, whilst living for 5 years in Paris, Noepy started working for the Institut Néerlandais, the Dutch embassy and the Fondation Custodia (private art collection of Frits Lugt), for which she prepared a strategic communication plan, and worked on the international press and publicity, a job she still undertakes for the Dutch market.
In 2014 she set-up EN TESTA for cultural communication & project management, and advised het Noordbrabants Museum (overall responsable for PR campaign for the Hieronymus Bosch exposition), TEFAF (The European Fine Art Foundation) in Maastricht, and for PAN, the art antiques and design fair in Amsterdam amongst others cultural clients.
In the spring of 2016, Noepy became involved as a press officer for the 2017 Verbier Art Summit.
Siebe Tettero (6 September, 1958) graduated with a BA in Architecture and Industrial design from the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague in 1982, a MA in Architecture from Columbia University, New York, in 1989, and a MA in Contemporary Art from The University of Manchester in 2003.
Siebe is art consultant and architect, and head of Tettero Art Consultants, working both out of New York and Amsterdam. Prior to setting up his own company Siebe worked in several commercial and institutional capacities, amongst them director of modern and contemporary art at Sotheby's Amsterdam, head of interiors at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, as well as head of exhibitions at the Centraal Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Siebe advises private individuals and institutions on issues concerning the acquisition, presentation and preservation of modern and contemporary art, as architect he is leading noted residential renovations, and on occasion curates and designs exhibitions. Tettero Art Consultants was established in 2009.
From 2009- 2014, he was also involved with the Metamatic Research Initiative, a not for profit foundation based in Amsterdam aiming to stimulate artistic and academic research into the work of Swiss French artist Jean Tinguely (1925-1991).
Siebe is Board Member of Manifesta 12, the European contemporary art biennial, which will take place in Palermo in 2018.
Siebe has has been on the Board of Advisors of the Verbier | Art Untold Association since the spring of 2015.
MARIE-HÉLÈNE DE TORRENTÉ
Marie-Hélène de Torrenté (Sion, Switzerland, 1953) has been in Verbier for more than 3 decades, owning and running the restaurant Au Vieux Verbier since she was only 25 years old.
She is a passionate art lover who has started working on Verbier Arts with the Commune de Bagnes, the municipality of Verbier, since 2012. She is also on the advisory committee of the 3-D Foundation, an organisation dedicated to creating monumental contemporary sculpture in Verbier.
Surrounded by fellow passionate art lovers in the inspiring Swiss Alps, she was one of the first people who began to envision the creation of an influential international art platform. The idea of having an annual Art Summit in Verbier was born: a gathering of international art lovers, away from the hustle and bustle of (stressful) art fairs, where the focus seems to become more and more on the commercial aspects of art rather than the art itself.
In the summer of 2014, Marie-Hélène joined forces with Anneliek Sijbrandij and Julie Daverio by setting-up the non-profit Verbier I Art Untold Association. Following a successful launch party in January 2015, the format of the Verbier Art Summit was further tested in January 2016: the intimate, exclusive setting proved an ideal setting for an inspiring Art Summit.
Marie-Hélène is a non-executive director of Verbier | Art Untold, and within the Association she is a vice president, advising the team with her extensive local knowledge and passion for culture.