a project by Daniela Pălimariu and Raluca Popa, guest artists at

Visual artists Daniela Pălimariu and Raluca Popa, in residence for a month in Bern, have been collaborating for a project that connects the Botanischer Garten and the Orangerie space to the Vitrine at PROGR.

The various interventions in the Garten, as well as the works in the Orangerie and the Vitrine interrogate the ways in which the wanderer, the viewer makes use of the Garten, as well as their expectations. The project also touches upon the ways in which the Garten directs and informs its visitors, as well as its role in protecting and displaying the plants in its care.

While the subtle and scattered interventions around the Garten may challenge the expectations of visitors and personnel alike, the Orangerie and the Vitrine mirror each other and work mostly as display cases. They are spaces in-between movements, offering much needed moments for pause and introspection.




We meet at the Orangerie in the Botanischer Garten at 4pm. We take a tour of the Garten interventions at 5pm. Then, across the Aare river, we arrive at PROGR for the Vitrine opening at 6pm.


Daniela Palimariu (b. 1986, Iasi) currently lives in Bucharest, Romania. In the last few years, her art practice has evolved towards public/private social events and livable objects and installations that understate the ambiguity of human relations, the need for personal space, play and daily subversions. She presented various works at / sandwich /, Bucharest and Iasi, Ivan Gallery, MNAC, Salonul de Proiecte and Platforma Space (Bucharest), MAGMA (St. George), R.E.M.X. (Arad) Intermediae (Madrid, ES), CAZ (Penzance, UK), and was an artist in residence at The Model (IRL), Nida Art Colony (LT) and EstNordEst (Quebec, CA). In 2016, together with other artists, she opened / sandwich /, an atypical artspace in Bucharest.


RALUCA POPA (b. 1979) studied at Byam Shaw School of Art / Central Saint Martins (London) and University of Art and Design (Cluj). She lives and works in Bucharest. Recent exhibitions: South by Southeast. A Further Surface, Guangdong Times Museum, (CN); Critical Moments, Shed im Eisenwerk, Frauenfeld (CH); Esthetics of Learning, Printmaking Gallery, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia (US); Two Titles, Rumänska Kulturinstitutet, Stockholm (SE), solo show; Turning Something Plain into a Circle, Ivan Gallery, Bucharest (RO), solo show; Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916–2016: An exhibition by the MAK, Vienna Biennale; Une autre cité, Tranzit Bucharest (RO); Other Rooms, Galeria Plan B, Cluj (2015); Dispositions in Time and Space, MNAC, Bucharest (2014); And Yet There Was Art!, Leopold Museum, Vienna (2014); Dear Money, Salonul de Proiecte, Bucharest/Viennafair (2013)