Jardins d'amis - Die Stadt des Hirns

Die Stadt des Hirns (Topiary Slam)
Jardins d'amis - Die Stadt des Hirns (Topiary Slam with Lena Schorno), watercolourdrawing on paper, proposal for Manifesta 11, Zürich, 2016




Joint Venture-Performance by 


Die Stadt des Hirns - Topiary Slam


Wednesday, 7. September 2016, 9 pm


Manifesta 11, Cabaret der Künstler - Zunfthaus Voltaire

Spiegelgasse 1, Zürich, Switzerland



The performance refers to the last issue of the dadaistic journal "Der Zeltweg" of November 1919. One of the authors was Otte Flake, besides Tristan Tzara, Walter Serner and Jean+Sophie Täuber-Arp. During a "Topiary Slam" with the wood carver Lena Schorno, we cut portraits of Otto Flake's novel-characters and alter egos Lauda and Beust, out of two middle-seized boxtrees  with a chain saw and a hedge-trimmer. As models we use a sound-collage from the Flake-novel "Die Stadt des Hirns", announced in "Der Zeltweg", as well as some artistic works from that same journal. Projected drawings of my series "Die Stadt des Hirns" dive the joint-venture-performance in a specific hued light-atmosphere.


Jardins d'amis : Randonnées
Jardins d'amis : Randonnées, Cover, 2014



Aus dem Gartenarchiv der Caroline Bittermann

Artist-Enzyclopedia, 360 pages in colour, German/English

With texts by Christine Heidemann and Lucia Schreyer
Published by Salon Verlag & Edition, Cologne, 2015


#TABS - Temporary Artist's Book Shop/LAGE EGAL {OFF SITE}
Book Launch SHELF LIFE #13
Book presentation with some prints
From the special edition "Eutopic Dialogues"
Saturday, 23. April 2016, 7 - 9 pm
Linienstr. 141, 10115 Berlin 


Friends with Books, Art Book Fair Berlin
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Salon Verlag Cologne
11. – 13. December  2015
Opening 11. December 2015, 6 pm
oqbo | raum für bild wort ton, Berlin
Book presentation with some prints
From the special edition "Eutopic Dialogues"
With a concert by Catherine Lorent (GRAN HORNO)
Wednesday, 30. September 2015, 8 pm
(Documentation Gallery oqbo)
Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig
Book presentation on the "Terrain vague"
Saturday, 18. Juli 2015, 2 pm
MISS READ, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Salon Verlag Cologne, hall 1
26. - 28. June 2015
Opening 26. June 2015, 5 pm

Universität der Künste Berlin
Book presentation, Seminar: Women Rule the World 
Thursday, 24. April 2015, 9 am
Art Cologne, Cologne-Deutz, 
Salon Verlag Cologne, hall 11.3, hallway B, booth 046,
16. – 19. April 2015
Opening 15. April 2015, 2 pm

Artists’ collections and archives exist since the antiquity. Their appearance, however, is transmuting with each epoch. The book represents one of these forms. In "Jardins d'Amis: Randonnées - Aus dem Garten-Archiv der Caroline Bittermann" on one hand a photographic picture-fund, being developed since 1989, but never published, is therefore regenerated, on the other a portrait-series, painterly documenting the long-lasting history of a relationship-network mirrors the photographs. Thus, two media worlds intertwine with one another on a third level - either content wise as a discursive construction or purely formally. This allows for an additional, more general reflection on the meaning of "real" and " ideal" places - which wants to place one's own search for "paradise" on socially effective feet. 


more in German...


Eutopische Dialoge 2015
Jardins d'amis - Eutopische Dialoge (Himla Soodyall & Henrikke Nielsen), Fine Art Print, 2015

Seefahrt tut Not

Olivia Berckemeyer Caroline Bittermann Conni Brintzinger Peter Bräuninger
Gerrit Confurius Mathias Deutsch Burkhard Driest Christoph Eckelt Franziska Fürst
Mariola Groener Hannes Gruber Franziska Hufnagel Stefan Kaminski Heike Kelter
Karen Koltermann Timo Klöppel Gabriele Langendorf Bo Christian Larsson Minor
Alexander Klaus J. A. Mellenthin Ekaterina Mitichkina Julia Oschatz Swen Pietsch
Katrin Plavcak Römer + Römer Veronika Schumacher Eva Schwab Bettina Sellmann
Pola Sieverding Marc Soisson Caro Suerkemper Alex Tennigkeit
Wawrzyniec Tokarski Urlich Urban Claudia Zweifel 


Curated by: Catherine Lorent


Opening: 25.9. 2015  7 pm

Entertainment: Sounds from Sea – Selection by Vicious V + Lorenza Cc.

Finissage: 11.10 2015  7 pm

Franziska Fürst: The Silence of the Sirens-Garments <ex aqua <

Entertainment: Shanty Doom (Surprise)

Exhibition: 26.9. - 11.10 2015
Opened on Saturdays from 3 to 5 pm and on appointment

Einladung Navigare necesse est



Raum für Kunst

Lobeckstr. 30-35
10969 Berlin
U8/M29 Moritzplatz



Jardins d'amis : Randonnées, Aus dem Gartenarchiv der CB
Jardins d'amis : Randonnées, installation view, Primo Piano, Paris, February 2015, Photo: Romain Darnaud


Jardins d'amis : Randonnées

Aus dem Gartenarchiv der


23/01 through 21/02 2015 
Opening  22/01 5 till 9 pm

Curator : Lucia Schreyer

4 rue Gabriel Laumain 75010 Paris
T/+33 1 42 46 78 40 / +33 6 75 69 59 47
Horaires d’ouverture: du jeudi au samedi
de 14h à 19h ou sur rendez-vous

Primo Piano Paris
Bazar@Primo Piano, Paris, April 2015, Photo: Romain Darnaud

Elsa Werth - Adrien Genty
Ernst Stark - Andreas Diefenbach
Pauline Toyer - Daniel Otero Torres
Caroline Bittermann - Marinella Senatore
Eva Barto - Helene Hellmich

Vernissage vendredi 17 avril de 17h à 21h
exposition présentée du 18 avril au 16 mai 2015 
(fermeture les 1er, 8 et 14 mai)

Commissaire : Lucia Schreyer

4 rue Gabriel Laumain
75010 Paris 
T/ 01 42 46 78 40 / 06 75 69 59 47
du jeudi au samedi /
14h - 19h et sur rendez-vous


www.thehistoryofpaintingrevisited.weebly.com, "Schaufenster", Kunstverein Düsseldorf, February 2015


A project bei artists
Caro Bittermann, Katrin Plavcak und Claudia Zweifel

The webpage documents women-painters of the last centuries and will be growing through the contributions by the authors. The web-archive is a virtual place of discovering and rewriting historical conceptions.

„Schaufenster“, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf


Opening 6th of February 2105  6 pm
6 th of February through 3d of May 2015

Der Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen
Grabbeplatz 4
40213 Düsseldorf

Telefon +49 (0) 211 2107420
Fax +49 (0) 211 21074229


The Gate in Ruin
Jardins d'amis - Gate in Ruin (SAN), since 2012, garden-sculpture, Nirox Foundation, near Johannesburg,Southafrica, Photos: 19.02.2013

In 2011/12 Caroline Bittermann had been invited to the Nirox Foundation that lies near Johannesburg in Southafrica in the middle of the so called "Cradle of Humankind". The permanent garden-art-work "JARDINS D'AMIS - GATE IN RUIN (SAN)" has been realized on the border between the lush gardens of this foundation, and the bush of the Khatlampi Nature-Reserve, as well as between the founder's main-house and the staff's small settlement. On that double crossroad  the art-work, has found its definite position. The multi-layered work can be read as an autonomous sculpture, as an art-in-use-piece and as a garden-architecture. A word is written on the ground that gains and looses its readability as the visitor and the sunlight are moving on, using typography as art. The visitor is obliged to walk through this word and live the spatial experience of each letter differently.  The word SAN is the name of a poeple that is supposed to be the first branch of the human genealogical tree from which all other races have spread over the globe. Its three letters S  A  N are built out of used construction-material, natural stones from the bush-land around and specific plants chosen by three gardeners of the foundation (Michael Mlaula, Jerry Israel Mosime and Alpheus-Kotsedi Nyatsiso) who have helped to build the art-work. Their participation is part of the concept of the creation and they are invited to take care of the work and the plants in the future.

Beyond the reception of the work as an autonomous sculpture or a memorial dedicated to the SAN people, the ideal use of the work would be one of a meeting point of all people living and working on the property or visiting the art foundation regardless their social class or position in the foundation's context. Therefore the S of the word SAN is constructed as a bench (in the sense of the "Line of Beauty" used in the historical English Landscape Gardens) and inside the pyramid representing the A, a fireplace and two rocks to sit on are installed. Everybody is invited to meet there, to have lunch or supper together, to make fire, to smell the lemons once the lemon-tree by the bench has grown up, to have discussions and to solve problems on a neutral ground. The installation could also be seen as a stage for dancers, performance-artists and musicians assuming shared artistic convictions. But it could be a "rock" for the  monkey families, too, roaming about in the gardens of the foundation.



Article in "Art South Africa", March 2012: COMING FULL CIRCLE by Daniela Goeller (Pdf)


Series of more than 150 portraits
An ongoing project since 2006
All works 30 x 21 cm, gouache on paper, framed

From: "The Order of Friendship"
By Christine Heidemann 

"... Just as the planets have their allotted place within this cosmic fog, so all the images of landscapes, architectures, spaces and things have their own place within the artistic universe of Caroline Bittermann’s Jardins d’amis. In these ‘gardens of friendship’, dream motifs alternate with precisely painted views of the world around us. Inserted into silhouettes of heads in profile, the depicted motifs seem to provide an insight into the inner world of those portrayed, a representation of their thoughts and ideas.

Caroline Bittermann has been working on the series Jardins d’amis, which now comprises more than 100 portraits, for over six years.  Inspired by a deep and abiding interest in landscape and nature as cultural categories, and above all in the garden as a metaphorical space, she weaves an intricate web of themes and images that can be combined and recombined in many different ways. The portrayed subjects include friends, family members and fellow artists, but also people whom Bittermann does not know personally yet are important to her for other reasons, for example because of their artistic or scientific achievements.

The accumulation of these portraits thus creates a combined image of actual and perceived affinities that includes, for example, the profiles of Marcel Broodthaers, Charles Darwin, Hannah Arendt and Maria Sibylla Merian. Bittermann develops this portrait series around external and internal dialogues. The former are real dialogues that have taken place between the artist and those portrayed, on the basis of which she assembles visual material on a computer screen. These pictorial composites are then translated into painted images that are shown inside the profile of the subject’s head. The internal dialogues, on the other hand, provide the starting point for pictures of individuals Bittermann does not know personally or who are already deceased, although such dialogues may also determine her portraits of friends or acquaintances to a certain extent..."

See more images of JARDINS D'AMIS - SILHOUETTES... 


Caro Bittermann, geheim - Jardins d'amis, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, 2013
The exhibition "geheim" is  dedicated  to the long-term collaboration of Caro Bittermann and Peter Duka, as well as to their following solo works.  From 1995 to 2004 „Bittermann & Duka" worked together on the extensive project "Die Dritte Kammer".  During this work phase,  the public park  "geheime gaerten rolandswerth" was realized for the "Skulpturenufer Remagen".  Constructed so that the viewer can pursue the most important paintings and graphic works chronologically, the "Die Dritte Kammer" retrospective  is presented in the Arp Museum Bahnhof  Rolandseck. 

In her solo project "Jardins d' amis" Caro Bittermann has written the word SAN into the landscape of  a South African nature reserve that lies in the middle of the so-called "Cradle of Humankind".  This garden sculpture is dedicated to the San people, who carry  probably the oldest genetic codes of humanity.  A film documents the accompanying investigation and construction phase.  Also the portrait series "Jardins d' amis - Silhouettes" , which contains more than 100 watercolours,  has been developed  since 2004. It is based on the research of individual "ideal places" and treats intensively the topic of "origin". Similar to "Die Dritte Kammer", she comes full circle again from paintings to the garden back to painting. 

Peter Duka's painting series continue to explore the ruin painting in the romantic context, that already played a role in the works of the former artist couple. In his small, vivid paintings, literary or political figures as well as  dogs and monkeys lead the spectator  through absurd "inner" landscapes.  For example, one of the protagonists of his paintings is "Rameau's Nephew" taken from Denis Diderot's  literary work.  Self ironically, Peter Duka reflects on the roll of the artist and plays with all kinds of genres like history painting, portrait painting and landscape painting.  

Film on "Jardins d'amis" in the show "geheim"...

Film on "Jardins d'amis - Gate in Ruin" in the Show "geheim"...

Film on "Die Dritte Kammer (The Third Chamber)" in the show "geheim"...

nformations on "geheime gärten rolandswerth (secret gardens of rolandwerth)"...

A catalog is published in the Salon Verlag Cologne.


21. April bis 18. Oktober 2013

ARP MUSEUM Bahnhof Rolandseck
Hans-Arp-Allee 1
53424 Remagen

Tel +49 (0)22 28/94 25-0
Fax +49 (0)22 28/94 25-21

Open: Tuesday through Sunday 11 - 6 pm


Abb. Catherine Lorent, Patrycja German, Ludwig Seyfarth at the "geheime gärten rolandswerth", Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, 28. July 2013


On Sunday, the 28th of July 2013 after 2 pm, there was held a concert by Catherine Lorent,
a performance by Patrycja German, a lecture by Ludwig Seyfarth at "geheime gaerten rolandswerth"
near the Arp Museum Bahnhof  Rolandseck. 

Painting was a Lady

Im. Jardins d'amis - Perspectiviste-2, 2008/12, 22 x 14 cm, Acryl on canvas


Female Berlin based Artists between Figuration and Landscape


Olivia Berckemeyer, Nicole Bianchet, Caro Bittermann, Tatjana Doll, Valeria Heisenberg, Franziska Hufnagel, Anne Kaminsky, Heike Kelter, Kathrin Köster, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Catherine Lorent, Katrin Plavcak, Julia Rüther, Renate Schiele, Bettina Sellmann, Alex Tennigkeit, Claudia Zweifel


curated by Heike Kelter


Opening Wiener Art Foundation, Vienna: Monday, 17.9.12, 5 - 10 pm
Exhibition: 18. – 23. September 2012

Wiener Art Foundation & Kunstraum am Schauplatz
Praterstraße 42 
1020 Wien 


Opening Kreuzberg Pavillon, Kassel: Friday, 31 August, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition: 1. - 6. September 2012

Frankfurter Strasse 60
34121 Kassel



Opening Wonderloch Kellerland, Berlin: Saturday 28 July, 6 - 9 pm
Exhibition: 29 July - 12 August 2012  

Biesentaler Straße 6
13359 Berlin


Wonderloch Kellerland
Oubliettes, Wonderloch Kellerland, Berlin 02/2012,


Opening: 08.06.2012, 19h

La Guillotine
24 Rue Robespierre
F 93100 Montreuil

Open also on Saturday and Sunday (09.-10.06.2012) : 2 - 6pm



Opening: 31.03.2012, 19h

What the Shop
Barichgasse 6 
A-1030 Wien 

Open also on Sunday, 01.04.2012: 2 - 6pm



Opening:  11.02.2012, 6 - 9pm (live skype)
12 - 26 Februar 2012 (By appointment only) Berlin 

Opening Matinée Los Angeles: 11.02.2012, 10 - 14 h (live skype) + Party 7 - 11pm

Biesentaler Straße 6
13359 Berlin 
3149 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90039



ARTISTS MERCHANDISING ART provides an insight into the wide range of creative approaches to artist merchandising. The participating artists have been asked to hand in one or more products that in their opinion  meet the category. The works are meant to have been specifically produced for merchandising purposes or deal with merchandising, use merchandising as a creative genre or be pieces already related to commercial distribution. The palette ranges from typical merchandising accessories (like knick-knacks or T-shirts) up to afordable editions. It could further include signed catalogues, posters or Flyers, CDs, DVDs, Vinyls, stickers, small ceramics, printed everyday articles, cheap multiples, etc. Organized by René Luckhardt and Judith Rohrmoser, in collaboration with Stefanie Gattlen, Heike Kelter, Gustav Mechlenburg, Bettina Sellmann, Hans-Peter Thomas, Fluid archives, What the Shop, La Guillotine/ Atelier Reflexe and 8. Salon.


Oubliettes, Tagesspiegel, 12/2011

Jonathan Abbou, Reinhold Adt, ASTALI/PIERCE, B-Men, Michael Bäckström, Sonja Baeger; Flore Baudelot, Quirin Bäumler, Tomaso Baldessarini, Maryna Baranovska, Olivia Berckemeyer, Stefan Bidner/Christian Martinek (Taliban Records), Linda Bilda, Caro Bittermann, Sarah Bohn, Mike Bouchet, Veronique Bourgoin, Louise Boghossian, Lutz Braun, Kit Brown, Sophie Carlier, Anna Ceeh, Julia Collaro, Salvador Dalì, Les Démons, Richard Lecoq, Anne Lefebvre, Jérôme Lefdup, Jean-Louis Leibovitch, Mathias Deutsch, Julius Deutschbauer, Matthias Dornfeld, Thomas Draschan, Heinrich Dubel, Peter Duka, Dominik Eggermann, Christian Eisenberger, Hadassah Emmerich, Marie Eschenbrenner, Gernot Faber, Felderfilm, Katharina Fengler, Klaus Ferentschik, Karin Frank, Heiner Franzen, Wolfgang Ganter, Gelitin, Patrycja German, Maike Gräf, Mariola Groener, Romeo Grünfelder, Michael Gumhold, Marcus Haucke, Axel Heil, Valeria Heisenberg, Uwe Henneken, Lisa Herfeldt, Heiko Herrmann, Damien Hirst, Alexander Hoepfner, Christian Hoischen, Les Hole Garden, Andy Hope 1930, Yanis Houssen, Franziska Hufnagel, Marc Hulson, IDEALISM, John Isaacs, Ib Jorn, Jazz Jugend Hamburg, Josquin GF, Aris Kalaizis, Heike Kelter, Joyce Kim, Daniel Kingery, Martin Kippenberger, Ronald Kodritsch, Jeff Koons, Josef Kramhöller, Charlet Kugel, Lena von Lapschina, Joep van Liefland, Theo Ligthart, Uwe Lindau, Nikolaus List, Catherine Lorent, Laura López Paniagua, René Luckhardt, Peter Lynen, Jean- Baptiste Magnique, Hans-Jörg Mayer, Matthias Meyer, Christina Morhardt, Movistone, Adam Nankervis, Reinald Nohal, Roman Ramon Norma, Mira O'Brien, Jürgen Ostarhild, Aribert von Ostrowski, Manfred Peckl, Wolf Pehlke, Hans Petri, Esther Planas, Janne Räisänen, Anselm Reyle, Stefan Rink, Peter Roesel, Judith Rohrmoser, Bob Rutman, Adam Saks, Elisabeth von Samsonow, Max Schaffer, Ingrid Scherr, Maik Schierloh, Gunna Schmidt, Hank Schmidt in der Beek, Rouven Schmitt Hersfeld, Linn Schröder, Eva Schwab, Mirjam Schweiger, Friedrich Schröder Sonnenstern, Thomas Schroeren, SEAMEN'S ART CLUB, Markus Selg, Bettina Sellmann, Marcus Sendlinger, Valerie Stahl, Andrea Stappert, Caro Suerkemper, Suisse Marrocain, Juli Susin, Jeanne Susin, Stella, Sweet P., Phillip Teuchtler, Katrin Thomas, Daniela Trixel, Micki Tschur, Ben Vautier ,Marianne Vlaschits, Deborah Wargon, Andy Warhol, Dominic Wood, Iskender Yediler, Joanna Zawodzinska, Claudia Zweifel


Belvedere: Why is Landscape Beautiful?
Belvedere - Why is Landscape Beautiful?, Bittermann&Duka, Die Dritte Kammer, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, 2011/12

4th of September 2011 – 4th of March 2012

Guy Allott, Caroline Bittermann/Peter Duka, KP Brehmer, Mark Dion, Hamish Fulton, Cyprien Gaillard, Beate Gütschow, Ellen Harvey, Uwe Henneken, Sven Johne/Falk Haberkorn, Jussi Kivi, Pia Lanzinger, Roy Lichtenstein, Helen Mirra, Mariele Neudecker, Inge Rambow, Rachel Reupke, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, Elisabeth Stumpf, Félix Vallotton, Corinne Wasmuht, Lawrence Weiner, Annette Weisser


Curated by Christine Heidemann and Anne Kersten


BELVEDERE: The term refers to a beautiful view, mostly from a heightened vantage point that affords a broad vista to the landscape. From this perspective, the landscape lies before us like a picture. This picture, and our perception of landscape, are always tied to our times, being influenced by our views of the world, ideologies, and the fashions of the respective times. Works by 24 contemporary artists shown in the exhibition BELVEDERE at the Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, broach the landscape as a space for our projections and longings with artistic means. The catalogue to accompany this exhibition (Kerber Verlag Publishers) contains texts by the curators, museum director Oliver Kornhoff, art historian Ilka Becker and sociologist Lucius Burckhardt.

Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck

Hans-Arp-Allee 1
D- 53424 Remagen
Tel +49 (0)22 28/94 25-0
Fax +49 (0)22 28/94 25-21
Opening hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11am through 6pm


Jardins d'amis II, Immanence, Paris, 2011


7. - 21. May 2011
Concert GRAN HORNO (Catherine Lorent)

Caroline Bittermann


Beate Gütschow (Berlin), Catherine Lorent (Berlin),
Achim Reichert/Marco Fiedler, vier5 (Paris),

and Daniela Goeller (Paris) with:
Ulrike Flaig (Berlin), Jürgen Nefzger (Nizza),
Marion Laval-Jeantet et Benoît Mangin, Art orienté objet (Paris)


21 avenue du Maine
F 75015 Paris
T +33.1.42220568




La Vallée Patibulaire, c/o Caro Bittermann, Berlin, 2011


c/o Caro Bittermann
10829 Berlin
25.-27. February 2011
Concert GRAN HORNO (Catherine Lorent)
25. February 2011  8pm


Sonja Alhäuser, Sofie Arfwidson, Guido Alfs, Heike Kati Barath, Nicole Bianchet, Caro Bittermann, Peter Böhnisch, Peter Bömmels, Lutz Braun, Mads Dinesen, Peter Duka, Hadassah Emmerich, Tim Ernst, Maurus Gmür, Maike Graef, Trixi Groiss, Gabi Hamm, Sebastian Hammwöhner, Axel Heil, Uwe Henneken, John Isaacs, Michael Kalmbach, Heike Kelter, Svenja Kreh, Michael Kunze, Nikolaus List, Catherine Lorent, Christian Macketanz, Stephan Melzl, Tilbert Oelke, Thomas Ravens, Stefan Rinck, Dennis Rudolph, Manfred Schneider, Kerstin Schröder, Veronika Schuhmacher, Astrid Sourkova, Martin Staedeli, Ernst Stark, Peter Stauss, Stepanek/Maslin, Caro Suerkemper, Alex Tennigkeit, Rebecca Thomas, David Tibet, Iris van Dongen, Gabriel Vormstein, Marcus Weber, Christian Weihrauch, Fabian Weinecke, Claudia Zweifel



La Vallée Patibulaire Info (PDF)