Photo by Takuya Matsumi


Christian Jankowski: Floating World

Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA has presented exhibitions, workshops, and lectures on an annual basis to create the opportunity for young artists and other visitors to come into contact with internationally recognized artists from around the world. In 2018, @KCUA presented the first solo exhibition in Japan by Christian Jankowski, including numerous new works made in Japan.

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Christian Jankowski
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
@KCUA 1, 2
38 days
(2018.9.15 Sat.2018.10.28 Sun.)
Curated by
Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Organized by
Kyoto City University of Arts
With additional funding from
Asahi Group Arts Foundation
Japan Arts Council
With the cooperation of
Goethe-Institut Villa Kamogawa
Yasuhito Mimura
Aska Ryuzaki (Kyoto Gion Bizarre Lounge BAR-BARA -the Bizarre-)
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Artist Profiles

Christian Jankowski
Christian Jankowski (Göttingen, 1968) works in the field of conceptual and performance art with a focus on film, video and photography, but also in a variety of other media like painting, sculpture and drawing.
Jankowski's work initiates collaborations between contemporary visual art and other professional worlds such as the world of religion, business, politics and entertainment. The protagonists of today's society inscribe themselves in Jankowski's art and leave their skills, their views and their aesthetics. The work is carried out in close exchange with mass media formats and their production mechanisms. The focus lies on the collective invention and the questioning of its power: Testing the image. Through the presence of multiple authors, these works of art often speak at the same time to different groups of audiences.

Jankowski's works are included in many public and private collections. Besides many group exhibitions, the artist had several solo exhibitions like Where do we go from here?, Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna (2019); Floating World, @KCUA, Kyoto (2018); 2017, Petzel Gallery, New York (2018); Walking Logic, Galé-ria HIT, Bratislava (2017); Die Legende des Künstlers und andere Baustellen, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin (2016); Christian Jankowski. Retrospective, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2016); Heavy Weight History, CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2013); Llorando por La Marcha de la Humanidad, Sala de Arte Puíblico Siqueiros, Mexico City (2012); Casting Jesus, MACRO, Rome (2012); The Finest Art on Water, Frieze Projects program, Frieze Art Fair, London (2011); Now For Something Completely Different, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna (2009); and Dienstbesprechung, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2008).

In 1999 and 2013 the Jankowski participated in the Biennale di Venezia. His works were presented at the Berlin Biennale in 2001, at The Whitney Biennial in 2002 and at The Taipei Biennial in 2010. In 2016 he curated the 11th edition of Manifesta, becoming the first artist to assume this role. In 2017 Jankowski was featured at the 6th edition of The Yokohama Triennale.

Since 2005, Jankowski holds a professorship at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart.

Installation Views

Photo by Takeru Koroda



Screenings of works by Christian Jankowski

Screenings of works by Christian Jankowski, limited to the opening weekend of Christian Jankowski: Floating World.


What Could Possibly Go Wrong
9 min. 52 sec., in English with English subtitles
Gallery B

16mm Mystery
5 min., video shot on 35 mm film, color, sound (music only), English titles
Gallery B

Massage Masters
36 min. 43 sec., in Japanese with English subtitles
Gallery C

Venue: Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Rooms: Gallery B, C


Artist Talk & Opening Reception

Artist Talk and Opening Reception for Christian Jankowski: Floating World.

Special guests: Aska Ryuzaki (Kyoto Gion Bizarre Lounge BAR-BARA -the Bizarre-), Kyoto University Kinbaku Club

Venue: Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery @KCUA
Date: Saturday, September 15th, 2018
2:00 PM  Artist Talk
4:00 PM  Opening Reception

Playing the Spree and the Moldau to the Kamo River Delta

Event related to Christian Jankowski: Floating World at the Kamo River Delta.

Performer: Kazumichi Komatsu


By train – Keihan Oto Line: Near Exit 3, Demachiyanagi Station (KH42)
By bus – Kyoto City Bus nos. 3, 4, 102, etc.: Near Kawaramachi Imadegawa
No parking available.

Venue: Kamo River Delta (Demachiyanagi)
Shimogamo Miyakawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0801 (Google Maps)
Date: Sunday, September 16th, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
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