Christian Jankowski



Born in Göttingen, Germany, in 1968. Lives in Berlin and works internationally.

Christian Jankowski is a conceptual artist. Much of his work is collaborative, opening up an exchange between the world of art and other fields. Taking inspiration from mass media formats and popular culture, he draws attention to the lenses through which experience is translated, resulting in works primarily in performance, video, and photography, but also installation, sculpture, and painting. People inscribe themselves in unpredictable situations of the artist’s making, revealing something of the relationships and beliefs that shape society. The emphasis is on the process and its potential for transformation.

He studied at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg, Germany and since 2005, has held a professorship at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart.

Solo exhibitions include Lübeck (2023); Kunsthalle Tübingen (2022); Fluentum, Berlin (2020); Suprainfinit Gallery, Bucharest (2020); Petzel Gallery (2018); Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2016); Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany (2015); Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2013); Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros, Mexico City (2012); MACRO, Rome (2012); Frieze Projects, Frieze Art Fair, London (2011); Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany (2009); BAWAG Foundation, Vienna (2009); Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany (2008); MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, MA, USA (2005); Swiss Institute, New York, NY, USA (2001); and the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT, USA (2000).

Group exhibitions include L’opera d’arte parla, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna (2023); Maybe Tomorrow, 16th Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador (2023); Destabilizing Systems, The Rachofsky Collection/The Warehouse, USA (2023); Sisters & Brothers, Geschwister in der Kunst, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, AU (2023); World Classroom: Contemporary Art through School Subjects, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, JP (2023); flop: dialectics of rules and fouls, SOMA, Seoul Olympic Museum of Art Museum (2023); Gedanken spielen Verstecken, Haus Kunst Mitte, Berlin (2023); Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2022); CAC Brétigny – Centre d’art contemporain, Brétigny-sur-Orge (2022), Lago Mayor, Mexico City (2022), Kunstmuseum Bonn (2021); ARoS Aarhus Museum of Modern Art, Aarhus, DK (2020); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2019); Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2019); Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2018); Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf (2017); Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, Spain (2016); Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (2015); Project Los Altos/San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2013).

He has participated in numerous international exhibitions and biennials, including the Bangkok Art Biennale (2020); Yokohama Triennale (2017); Taipei Biennial (2010); Sydney Biennial (2010); Venice Biennale (1999 and 2013); Whitney Biennial (2002); and Berlin Biennale (2001).

In 2016, he curated the 11th edition of Manifesta, becoming the first artist to assume this role.

His works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New York; Tate, London; MOCA, Los Angeles; and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, among others.