Bettina Carl

Bettina Carl is a Swiss-German artist, based in Zurich, educated in Berlin, born in Bavaria in 1968.

Her recent solo and group exhibitions include shows at DuflonRacz Brussels, Laura Mars Gallery Berlin, DuflonRacz Bern, Kunsthaus Grenchen, MARCO Museum of Contemporary Art Buenos Aires, Haus am Luetzowplatz Berlin, Helmhaus Zurich, D.U.M. Museum for Contemporary Art Brno, CZ, and Lucie Fontaine, Milan.

She won several residencies and awards in Berlin and Zurich, among them are the Berlin Senate's Arbeitsstipendium, the City of Zurich's residency stipend in Buenos Aires, and various project grants by German institutions and Swiss foundations. Bettina Carl is also active as a curator, writer and translator in the art field.

From 2008 until 2013, Bettina Carl was represented by Vegas Gallery London, and Christiane Buentgen's SchauOrt Zurich. Since 2014, DuflonRacz Bern / Brussels are representing her work.


Bettina Carl’s artistic practice focuses on drawing. While her multi-layered compositions evade a narrative approach, often verging on abstraction, her work remains figurative. For the past couple of years, corporeality has been the predominant issue of her work, more precisely the unresolved, and often rather silly relations we are doomed to maintain to our physical selves.

Inspite of their simple materiality, Bettina Carl's drawings reveal an exuberant fascination with the sensual possibilities of her medium. Carl's imagery draws on many sources, ranging from electro punk music, renaissance painting, to queer studies, bad design and the mundane beauty of trees and ageing bodies- to mention only a few. Writers like Virginia Wolf, David Foster Wallace or Roberto Bolaño have also been highly influential for her. While works on paper are at the heart of Bettina Carls's practice, the artist has also been acknowledged for her installations, combining drawings with found objects, verbal quotes, and texts of her own.

"(…) The colourful, sometimes “light-handed” drawings can be read as commentaries: on concepts of the body and the emotionality of physicality, on ideas of the animal as something uncontrollable that eludes rational access. Bettina Carl pursues these themes with great consistency. Moreover, her interest in ever new approaches and perspectives is impressive, turning each group of works into a concise, individual investigation of content and means of expression.”

(excerpt from a text by art historian Irene Müller, published in 'Kunstbulletin', October 2020, introducing Bettina Carl's solo show "Take A Bone From a Dog", at DuflonRacz Brussels - Click here for full article)

Exhibitions at DuflonRacz - click on title for link to the show:

Take a Bone from a Dog, Brussels, 2020
Anti-Falten, 2017
Nahe Verwandte des Menschen, 2014

LIME, with Etel Adnan, Bettina Carl, Christian Gonzenbach & Inga Häusermann, Bern, 2020
Feux Follets, with Esther Altorfer, Annette Barcelo, Bettina Carl, Marc Elsener, Kathrin Racz, Lionel Sabatté, Karoline Schreiber, Matthias Wyss



Lebt und arbeitet in Zürich.

Critical Studies, Kunstakademie Malmö & Rosseum Centre for Contemporary Art
Meisterschülerin, Berlin University of Art, bei Prof. Katharina Sieverding
Chelsea College of Art and Design (Bachelor), London


Nahe Verwandte des Menschen, Galerie DuflonRacz, Bern    
Ganze Teile
, Galerie im Gluri Sutter Haus, Wettingen

Recent Drawings
Visarte Kabinett, Zurich, CH

Forstgottheiten-Deities of the Forest
Schau Ort Galerie Christiane Büntgen, Zurich, CH (catalogue)

Ein weites Feld. Bettina Carl und Ina Bierstedt.
Galerie oqbo, Berlin, D
Utopies Prochaines - l'avenir ist nicht mehr hier
with Rafael Grassi, Kunstraum Winterthur, CH

Kapitel I.
 Art Agreement @ Rüffer und Rub, Zurich, CH
On A Horse Without
, Vegas Gallery, London, UK
 Villa am Aabach, Städtische Galerie Uster/ Zurich, CH (catalogue)

BOA constructa
 White Space Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Zurich, CH

Soll und Haben
 Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, CH

Bilder über die Kultur: Den alten Bekannten
 CAPRI, Berlin, D

Nein danke's not dead
  Kunstbank Galerie des Senats für Kultur, Berlin, D

Capri XXXI
  CAPRI, Berlin
expo 3000 reloaded
  (with Sofia Hultén) Lothringer 13/mediale experimente, Munich

Montes Sovietici
  CAPRI, Berlin, D (catalogue)



Centre Parting
  Kaskadenkondensator, Basel, CH
Fernweh, ein Projekt von Anke Becker, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, USA

Baffi del Bambino   kuratiert von Luca Bertolo, Lucie Fontaine Milano, IT
Catch of the Year   Dienstgebäude art space Zürich, CH
Minimale II   Alpineum Produzentengalerie, Luzern, CH
Atelier- und Werkstipendien Zürich   Helmhaus Zürich, CH
Based in Berlin   kuratiert von Anke Becker, Pavillon am Milchhof, Berlin, D

Anonymous Drawings Eindhoven Selection   Temporary Art Centre Eindhoven, NL
Bettina Carl: Eyeing   HAW Have A Window Projects Turin, IT
Leipzig Selection Anonyme Zeichner   Galerie Delikatessenhaus, Leipzig, D
Art Rotterdam  booth Schau Ort Galerie Christiane Büntgen, NL
Anonyme Zeichner   Galerie Nord, Kunstverein Tiergarten Berlin, D (catalogue)

Catch of the Year
 Galerie Dienstgebäude Zurich, CH
paperfile   Galerie oqbo at Preview Art Fair Berlin, D
Offene Systeme  curated by blackbox, Kunstraum Aarau, CH
oqbo paperfile on tour  Kunstraum Tosterglope, D

I know what you don't see
  Karlin Studios Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, CZ
Glück. Mit Seife und Gabeln.  curated by T. Trampe and D. Petrini, Substitut Berlin, D
5 Jahre  exhibition and auction, Villa Sträuli, Winterthur, CH
Art Brussels, with Schau Ort Galerie Christiane Büntgen, BE
Roulette   Vegas Gallery, London, UK
Glück. Mit Seife und Gabeln.  curated by T. Trampe and D. Petrini, Kunstraum Kreuzlingen, CH (catalogue)

Die Figur der Zwei  in <31> Vol. 14-15, ed. Institut für Theorie Zurich University of the Arts, CH
Outland   curated by Ken Pratt, Vegas Gallery, London, UK
oqbo paperfile on tour   Edvard-Munch-Haus Warnemünde, D
Appropriate Modernism   curated by Centrifugal Projects, Trajector Art Fair Brussels, BE
ICH WEISS WAS DU NICHT SIEHST   Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien Berlin, D
Six Days of New Media   Temporär/Linienstraße 127, Berlin, D

Anonyme Zeichner 10
 Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien Berlin, D
Catch of the Year   Galerie Dienstgebäude, Zurich, CH
Minimale   Galerie Alpineum, Luzern, CH
I Am By Birth A Genevese   Forde espace d'art contemporain, Geneva, CH
Edition Mai 2009   Verein für Originalgraphik VFO, Zurich, CH
I Am By Birth A Genevese   Vegas Gallery London, UK
Paperfile # 3   Galerie oqbo, Berlin, D

Smokers Liberation Front
  Fotoshop Galerie, Berlin, D

The Acceptance World
  Rachmaninoff's, London, UK
Fortschritt   Space Invasion, Vienna, A

 Rooseum Test Site, Malmö, S
Stick-Figure  MAMA Showroom, Rotterdam, NL
planet  im 2. Kunstsalon Berlin, D
CAPRI  bei PREVIEW the emerging art fair, Berlin, D (catalogue)
nous sommes venus vous dire que ...   Galerie Rapinel, Rennes, F
The Future is Stupid  MAMA Showroom, Rotterdam, NL
Kleine Plastik   Galerie Säulencenter, Berlin, D
We Are the State   Rooseum Test Site, Malmö, S

Noah's Living Room
  China Club, Berlin, D
Housewarming   Rooseum Test Site, Malmö, S
Drawing the Line Between Fact and Fiction. Rocket Shop@Zentralbüro, Berlin, D

 Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, D (Katalog)
attrapé guestroom heeresbaeckerei/loop raum für aktuelle kunst, Berlin, D
O-Form CAPRI, Berlin, D
flache welt-flat earth 1&2 , rm103 Auckland, & RAMP Gallery, Hamilton, NZ (catalogue)



Recherche- und Reisestipendium des Goethe Instituts

The German Czech Future Fund, Prague: project grant
ifa e.V. Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart: project grant

Georges und Jenny Bloch-Foundation, Zurich: project grant
Foundation Art Progressive, Zurich: project grant

Kunstverein Akku, Uster/Zurich: artist in residence

Berlin Senate for Science, Research and Culture: project grant international cultural exchange
Foundation Sulzberg Villa Sträuli, Winterthur: artist in residence, stipend

Berlin Senate for Science, Research and Culture: 10 months artist grant (Arbeitsstipendium)

Berlin Senate for Science, Research and Culture: project grant
2. place GASAG Kunstpreis, Berlin
Goethe Institut/inter nationes: project grant

goldrausch 2002/03 art IT
postgraduate artists programme Berlin



Magnetic Leakage Fluxe, Gruppenausstellung im Haus der Künste Stadt Brno, CZ
Moderation der Gesprächsrunde "Zeigen und Sagen: Bodies - that matter?", Kasko Basel

Malerei und Zeichnung, Gruppenausstellung in der Remise Zürich

Podium "Kunstvermittlung und Selbstorganisation", Universität der Künste Berlin
Expertin für die Prüfung 'MA in Fine Arts' Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Lecture "Glücken, Gelingen, Vefehlen. Zum Arbeitsbegriff in der Kunst" at Berlinische Galerie, Berlin

ICH WEISS WAS DU NICHT SIEHST / I KNOW WHAT YOU DON'T SEE ; Zwei Ausstellungsprojekte mit Rahmenprogramm in Berlin. 2010 at Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien Berlin, and 2011 at Karlin Studios Futura Center for Contemporary Art Prague, kuratiert von CAPRI Berlin (Bettina Carl and Ina Bierstedt), und Thore Krietemeyer

Mentorin für die Diplomarbeiten an der Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB)
Dozentin und Mentorin "Curatorial Training Programme Mr. Miyage" Rotterdam  (2005 – 2008)
GEGEN WEISS I + II, Presently Absent
and other curatorial projects at White Space Zurich

Dozentin im Workshop "Das Werk, der Raum und das Gedächtnis", Dresden College of Fine Art, Dresden
Lecture "Curating Tomorrow" Art Talks ArtRotterdam 2006

We Are the State  Projekt Kunst und Forschung, Test Site Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö

Artist talk im Neuem Berliner Kunstverein NBK, Berlin
Podium "Prekäre Perspektiven", ngbk Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin

2001 - 2006
Capri I - LXXI
: conception and management for 71 shows and projects with international artists at CAPRI artspace, Berlin


Anonymous Drawings
  ed. Anke Becker. Berlin, 2013 (catalogue)

Forstgottheiten-Deities of the Forest. Bettina Carl
  Zurich and Berlin, 2011 (monographic catalogue)
Art Brussels 2011
Brussels, 2011 (catalogue)
Mit Seife und Gabeln. Ermittlungen zum Glück.
ed. data Auftrag für parasitäre Gastarbeit. Revolver publishers, 2011 (catalogue)

Die Figur der Zwei/The Figure of Two
in <31> Vol. 14-15, magazine of ith Institut für Theorie, Zurich University of the Arts

Bettina Carl. WESEN / BEINGS
Berlin and Zurich (monographic catalogue)


Ina Bierstedt: Lichtverhältnisse, in Marianne-Werefkin-Preis 2015, Katalog Hg. Verband der Bildenden Künstlerinnen, Berlin

"Ausgesetzt" in Iris Kettner: INECHT, monographischer Katalog Hrsg. Marc Wellmann, Haus am Lützowplatz Berlin

"Waldzwerge" and "gegen weiss" in Was soll die Kunst, was kann die Kunst ed. Susanne Sauter, White Space Raum für Kunst, Zurich

"Great Cases Unresolved / Die großen ungelösten Fälle", (dt./engl.), in Ina Bierstedt. second monographic catalogue, ed. Kuttner+Siebert Galerie, Berlin

"Zitternde Modelle / Quivering Models. On Geka Heinke's Paintings" (dt./engl.), in: Revisiting Home, exhibition catalogue, ed. ngbk Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin

"Hard Work Looking Easy, the Ballerinas Always Smile. Notes on the Art of Hanne Darboven " essay in: Afterthought. New Writing on Conceptual Art; ed. Mike Sperlinger, London: Rachmaninoff's