biography

Christian Jankowski was born in 1968 in Göttingen, Germany, and studied at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg, in Germany. In his conceptual and media artworks he makes use of film, video, photography and performance, but also of painting, sculpture, and installation. He lives in Berlin.

Jankowski’s work consists of performative interactions between himself with non-art professionals, between contemporary art and the so-called ‘world outside of art’. These interactions give insight into the popular understanding of art, while incorporating many of contemporary art’s leading interests in contemporary society: regarding lifestyle, psychology, rituals and celebrations, self-perception, competition, and mass-produced and luxury commodities. Over time, Jankowski has collaborated with magicians, politicians, news anchors, and members of the Vatican, to name just a few. In each case, the context for the interaction and the participants are given a degree of control over how Jankowski’s work develops and the final form that it takes. Jankowski documents these performative collaborations using the mass media formats that are native to the contexts in which he stages his work––film, photography, television, print media––which lends his work its populist appeal. Jankowski’s work can be seen both as a reflection, deconstruction, and critique of a society of spectacle and at the same time as reflection, deconstruction, and critique of art, which has given itself over to spectacle and thereby endangered its critical potential. 

GRANTS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2016
„Die Legende des Künstlers und andere Baustellen“, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
„Retrospektive“, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

2015
„Take That“, International Foundation Manifesta, Amsterdam Art Weekend, The Netherlands
„Interversion“, Geneva, Switzerland
„Überbelieferte Art History“, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Deutschland
„Casting Jesus“, Katholische Akademie Schwerte, Schwerte, Germany

2014
„Orientacion“, Proyectos Monclava, Mexico City, Mexico
“Heavy Weight History”, Lisson Gallery, London, Great Britain
“Wasser, Käse, Feuer”, Helga Maria Klosterfelde Edition, Berlin, Germany

2013
“Tableau Vivant”, Grieder Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland
“Heavy-weight History”, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
“The Eye of Dubai”, Nationalmuseum Stettin, Poland
“Casting Jesus”, Kapuzinerkirche Paderborn, Germany
“The Eye of Dubai”, The Pavillion Downtown, Dubai, AE

2012
“Llorando por La Marcha de la Humanidad”, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico
“Casting Jesus”, Museum of Contemporary Art Rome, Italy
“Casting Jesus”, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, USA
“Discourse News”, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA
“Monument to the Bourgeois Working Class”, Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany

2011
“The Finest Art on Water”, Frieze Art Fair, London, Great Britain
“Casting Jesus”, Lisson Gallery, London, Great Britain
“Jesús está aquí”, Proyectos Monclova, México City, Mexico
“Casting Jesus”, Complesso Santo Spirito in Sassia, Rome, Italy

2010
“The Perfect Gallery”, Pump House Gallery, London, Great Britain
“Strip The Auctioneer”, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, USA
“Jeck We Can”, Julia Stoschek Collection, Duesseldorf, Germany

2009
“Now For Something Completely Different”, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, Austria
“Above All I’m an Art Lover”, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, USA

2008
„Dienstbesprechung“, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
“Living Sculptures”, Public Art Found, Central Park, New York, USA

2007
“Living Sculptures: The Real Fiction II”, Centre d’ Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain

2006
“Everything Fell Together”, Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, Liverpool, Great Britain
“The Frankenstein Set”, Lisson Gallery, London, Great Britain
“Us and Them”, The Kitchen, New York, USA

2005
“Oops!…I did it again”, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
“Christian Jankowski”, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, USA

2004
“Christian Jankowski”, Kunstverein Göttingen, Germany
“The Day We Met”, Public Art Fund, NY, USA
“Oops!…I did it again”, Videonale im Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
“16mm Mystery”, Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany
“No One Better Than You”, Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Düsseldorf, Germany
“Now Playing”, Maccarone Inc., New York, NY, USA

2003
“The Real Fiction”, Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
“The Day We Met”, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea
“Christian Jankowski”, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland
“Bravo Jankowski!”, Lisson Gallery, London, Great Britain
“This I Played Tomorrow”, MACRO, Roma, Italy
“Puppet Conference”, Carnegie-Museum, Project Room, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

2002
“Christian Jankowski”, Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada
“Christian Jankowski’s Targets”, Washington University Gallery, St. Louis, TX, USA
“Rosa”, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Schwaz, Austria
“Point of Sale”, Maccarone Inc., New York, NY, USA
“The Holy Artwork”, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, USA
“Lehrauftrag”, Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany

2001
Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York, NY
“Commercial Landscape”, Galleria Giò Marconi, Milano, Italy

2000
De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, Netherlands
“The Matrix Effect”, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, USA
“Telecommunication”, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Wien, Austria (with Franz West)

1999
“Videosalon”, Videodrome, Kopenhagen, Denmark
“Paroles Sur Le Vif”, Goethe Institut, Paris, France
“Telemistica”, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, Germany

1998
“Videosalon”, H.M. Klosterfelde, Hamburg, Germany
“Let’s get Physical/Digital”, Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany
“Mein erstes Buch”, Portikus, Frankfurt a.M., Germany

1997
“Let’s get Physical/Digital”, Art Node, Stockholm, Sweden
“Galerie der Gegenwart Hamburg, 2097”, Statement art forum, Berlin, Germany

1996
“Mein Leben als Taube”, Klosterfelde, Berlin, Germany

1994
“Der sichere Ort”, Friedensallee 12, Hamburg, Germany

1992
“Die Jagd”, Supermärkte/Friedensallee 12, Hamburg, Germany
“Schamkasten” (Zusammenarbeit mit F. Restle), Friedensallee 12, Hamburg, Germany 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2017
“Yokohama Triennale 2017- Islands, Constellations and Galapagos”, Yokahoma Museum of Art, Yokahoma, Japan
“Generation Loss. 10 Years oF The Julia Stoschek Collection”, Julia Stoschek Collection, Duesseldorf, Germany
“Transactions – About the value of artistic labour”, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
“Luther und die Avantgarde”, Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur e.V. , Bonn, Germany
“Duett mit Künstler_in. Partizipation als künstlerisches Prinzip”, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
“Behind the Screen / An Art Tribute to Isabelle Huppert”, Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin, Germany
”Tower of Blue Horses”, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
”Autogestion”, Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, Spain (forthcoming)

2016
”Exhibitions Are The Best Excuses:Jose Dávila, Gonzalo Lebrija, Fernando Palomar, Eduardo Sarabia, Christian Jankowski“, Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin, Germany
“Shame – 100 Reasons to be Red“, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germay
“Unexpectedly: The Art of Chance“, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
“Wall to Wall Carpets: Carpets by Artists“, MOCA, Cleveland, OH, USA
“Performer/Audience/Mirror“, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
“Think Outside the Box“, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland
“Social Contract“, Izolyatsiz Platform for Cultural Initatives, Kyiv, Ukraine
“TeleGen. Art and Television“, Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein, Vaduz, Lichtenstein
“Mirror, mirror…self-portraits in Northern Germany 1892 to today“, Kunsthaus Stade,Germany
“Autogestion“, Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
“Way Man“, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany
“Momentary Monuments“, Migrosmuseum, Zurich, Switzerland
“Obsession Dada“, The Carbaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland

2015
“The Wish to Believe“,  Mataró Art Contemporani, Spain,
“Spirit your Mind“, Free Spirits Sports Café, Miami, USA
“Freedom Myths“, Cinémateque Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
“Trends“, Gogol House, Moscow, Russia
“Moment!“, Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
“Tele-Gen: The Language of Television in the Mirror of Art, 1964-2015“, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
“Checkpoint California: 20 Years of Villa Aurora“, Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin Germany
“When I Give, I Give Myself“, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
“Hunters and Collectors in Contemporary Art“, Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany
“A Man Walks into a Bar…“, me Collectors Room, Berlin,Germany

2014
“Things we discover alone (Independent Learning)”, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst,Leipzig, Germany
“Dance Me“, Wanas Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden
“Room Service“, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
“Real Emotions: Thinking in Film“, Kunst-Werke Institute, Berlin, Germany
“GOLA: Art and Science of Taste“, Foundation La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
“Lucky: From the Piggy Bank to Life on Credit”, Vögele Kulturzentrum, Pfaffikon, Switzerland

2013
“The Financial Report”, Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia
“The Encyclopedic Palace”, 55th Venice Biennale, Italy
“Public Diary”, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
“Privat”, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
“About stupidity”, The Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel
“Analogital”, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, USA
1st Montevideo Biennial, Montevideo, Uruguay

2012
“Utopie Gesamtkunstwerk”, 21er Haus, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
“Im Raum des Betrachters”, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
“Move”, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, COR
“Wo wir uns finden”, Kunst- und Kulturfestival Regionale 12, Dorfmuseum, Krakaudorf
“Stage Presence: Theatricality in Art and Media”, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA

2011
“Eating art”, Fundació Caixa Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
“Move: Choreographing You”, K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Duesseldorf, Germany
“Playing the city 3”, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany
“The Global Contemporary”, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany
“Berlin 2000-2009”, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan

2010
“Trickster Makes this World”, Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea
“Are you ready for TV?”, Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain
“A chi ti stai rivolgendo?/Who is your audience?”, Galleria Astuni, Public Studio Bologna, Italy
“Taipei Biennale 2010”, Museum of Fine Arts et. al., Taipei, TW
“The Beauty of Distance”, 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia
“Move Choreographing You”, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany and Hayward Gallery, London, Great Britain

2009
“The Magic Show”, Hayward Gallery, London, Great Britain
“The Studio Sessions”, SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA
“Actors & Extras”, Centre for Art and Media, Brussels, Belgium

2008
“Farewell to Post-Colonialism”, The Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China
“God & Goods. Spiritualitá e Confusione di Massa.”, Villa Manin Center for Contemporary Art, Codroipo, Italy
“The Castle. The Collection.”, Castello di Rivoli Museo D’Arte Contemporanea, Italy

2006
“Prophets of deceit”, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA
“A short history of Performance”, Whitechapel, London, Great Britain

2005
“Feeling Strangely Fine”, Galeria Estrany-de la Mota, Barcelona, Spain
“Akademie. Kunst lehren und lernen.”, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Germany

2004
“100 Artists See God”, ICA, London, Great Britain
“Tainment. Spielformen der Bewusstseinsindustrie”, NGBK, Berlin, Germany
“Hors d’oeuvre : ordre et désordres de la nourriture”, capc Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France
“Paisatges Mediàtics”, Fundación “la Caixa”, Barcelona, Spain
“Étrangement proche – Seltsam vertraut”, Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken, Germany
“Depicting Love”, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
“Fenster zum Hof”, NGBK, Berlin, Germany
“Christian Jankowski / Piero Golia / Gianni Motti”, Cosmic Galerie, Paris, France
“Spam Art and Advertising”, Museion, Bolzano, Italy
“Infiltrate”, Substation, Singapore
“Prêts à prêter 2”, frac paca, Marseille, France
“Like Beads on an Abacus Designed to Calculate Infinity”, Rockwell, London, UK
“Fade in – New Film And Video”, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, USA
“Arquitectura Efimera”, MUSAC, Madrid, Spain
“Treasure Island “, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
“The Game Show”, James Cohan Gallery, N.Y., USA
“State of Play”, Serpentine Gallery, London, Great Britain
“The Last Laugh: Humour in Contemporary Video Art”, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore, Singapore
“Glück”, ACC Galerie Weimar, Germany

2003
“Revolving Doors”, Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain
“Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Stipendium”, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
“OUTLOOK”, Athen, Greece
“Glück”, Luitpold Lounge, München, Germany
Centro d’Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland
Internationale Münchner Filmwochen, München, Germany
“Extra”, curator: Marc-Olivier Wahler, Swiss Institute, New York, USA
“Actionbutton”, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
© Europe Exists”, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece
“Ironie”, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Kunststation St. Peter, Köln, Germany
“Grotesk!”, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a.M./ Haus der Kunst, München, Germany
“Shine”, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
“Project Artist”, Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, Germany

2002
“Künstler-Selbstbildnisse”, Kallmann-Museum, Ismaning, Germany
“Video Zone”, Tel Aviv, Israel
“Fridge”, Galerie Fraîch’Attitude, Paris, France
“Grotesk!”, Performance, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
“Argos Festival”, Audiovisual Art Centre, Bruxelles, Belgium
“MMK”, Eröffnung, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
“Centre of Attraction”, 8th Baltic Triennial of Intern. Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
“Herzlichen Glückwunsch”, Sammlung Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
“To Whom it May Concern”, CACC, San Francisco, USA
“Identity Fiasco”, Programa Art Center, Mexico City, Mexico
“Public Affairs”, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
“In the Side of Television”, Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castello, Castellon, Spain
“Busan Biennial 2002”, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Busan, Korea
“DZ Bank Kunststipendien”, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
“Monitor II”, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA
“Skandal und Mythos Eine Befragung des Archivs zur documenta 5 (1975)”, Kunsthalle Wien Project Space, Wien, Austria
“Babel 2002”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
“Someone Must Have Been Telling Lies”, Forde espace d’art contemporain, Genf, Switzerland
“Magnet: Foreign Artists in Tuscany (1945 2000)”, Fattoria di Celle, Santomato di Pistoia, Italy
“Melodrama”, Artium, Centro-Museuo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain and Palacio de los Condes de Gabia/Centro Jose Guerro, Granada, Spain
“Oh it’s a Curator!”, Rotor, Association for Contemporary Art, Graz, Austria
“Art and Economy”, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
“2002 Bienniale”, Whitney Museum of American Art
“Con Art: Magic, Object, Action”, Site Gallery, Sheffield, Great Britain
“Mise en scène: curieux”, Videonale/Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany
“Agua”, Goethe Institut, Mexico City, Mexico
Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, London, Great Britain

2001
“Sense of Wonder”, Herzliya Museum of Art, Herzliya, Israel
“Revolving Doors”, apexart, New York, NY, USA
“A Sense of Wellbeing”, The Imperial Baths Karlovy Vary, Prague, Czech
“Tele(visions) Kunst sieht fern”, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
“Mit vollem Munde spricht man nicht”, Galerie der Künstler, München, Germany
“Futureland”, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, D, and Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo, Netherlands
“Irony”, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, ES, and Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastian, Spain
“Schau Dir in die Augen Kleines”, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
“Lite”, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn, NY, USA
“New Works: 01.2”, Art Pace, San Antonio, TX, USA
“Zero Gravity”, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma, Italy
“Media Connection”, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma; Ansaldo, Milano; Castel S. Elmo, Napoli, Italy
“Game Show”, Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art, North Adams, MS, USA
“Position Report”, Brandstetter & Wyss, Zürich, Switzerland
“Kunstpreis der Böttcherstrasse”, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany
“Hausarbeiten der Alltag daheim”, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Germany
“GeldLust: Modell Banking”, Kunsthalle Tirol, Austria
“2nd Berlin Biennale”, Berlin, Germany
“Let’s entertain”, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, touring to: Museum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

2000
“Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst”, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
“Le Repubbliche dell’Arte. Germania. La Construzione di un Imagine”, Palazzo delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy
“After Effect. A redesign of thinking”, Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
“Drehmomente”, Sammlung Hauser und Wirth, Lokremise, St. Gallen, Switzerland
“Neues Leben”, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
“Video Art Fest 2000”, St. Petersburg, Russia
“Modell, Modell …”, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
“Berlin Binnendifferenz”, Galerie Krinzinger, Wien, Austria
“Neunzehnhundertneunundneunzig”, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany

1999
“Above the Good and Evil”, Paço das Artes, Sao Paulo, Brasilien
“Crash”, ICA, London, Great Britain
“La Coscienza”, Palazzo Doria Spinola, Genua, Italy
“German Open 1999 Gegenwartskunst in Deutschland”, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
“Urban Islands”, Cubitt Gallery, London, Great Britain
“Das XX. Jahrhundert”, Kulturforum, Kunstbibliothek, Berlin, Germany
“Home & Away”, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany
“Surprise VI: Rollenwechsel”, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany
“Chronos und Kairos”, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
“Talk.Show. Die Kunst der Kommunikation in den 90er Jahren”, Haus der Kunst, München, Germany
“999”, Centro d’Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona, Italy
“dapertutto”, 48. Biennale Venedig, Italy
“Zoom. Ansichten zur deutschen Gegenwartskunst”, Sammlung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart; Kunsthalle zu Kiel und Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany
“Change is good”, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
“Fernsehabend 2”, Galerie Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany
“VISA”, Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Köln, Germany

1998
“Fast Forward Body Check”, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany
“gangbang”, Galerie Margit Haupt, Karlsruhe, Germany

1997
“Fasten Seatbelt”, Galerie Krinzinger, Wien, Austria
“Zonen der Ver-Störung”, Steirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria
“Take Off”, Galerie Krinzinger, Bregenz, Austria
“L’autre”, Biennale de Lyon, France
“Enter: Artist/Audience/Institution”, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland
“Punch in Out”, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany
Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany

1996
“Guillaume Bijl stelt jonge kunstenaars uit Hamburg voor”, Lokaal 01, Antwerpen, Belgium
“Kunst auf der Zeil”, Schaufenster im Disney Store, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
“Weil Morgen”, Eisfabrik, Hannover, D”… fra Hamborg og fra Kobenhavn”, Globe, Kopenhagen, Denmark
“Spiel mit Sponsorengeld”, Spielbank Bad Neuenahr, Germany (dazu Titelbildgestaltung “Texte zur Kunst”, August 1996)

1995
“Ebbe in der Freiheit”: “Club Berlin”, Biennale Venedig, Italy
“… aus Hamburg und Kopenhagen”, Fahrradhalle, Offenbach, Germany


SELECTED COLLECTIONS