Küsnacht , Switzerland

Christian Jankowski

Grieder Contemporary

The title of Christian Jankowski’s recent show, “Was ich noch zu erledigen habe” (What I Still Need to Do), alludes to the nonstop schedule of many of those active in the art world, who often find it impossible to keep their work and free time separate. The show’s setting seemed perfect: The villa containing the gallery space also serves as owner Damian Grieder’s private refuge, fitting in well with Jankowski’s penchant for showing the permeability of art and everyday life, the public and the private.

The words WARUM BIN ICH NICHT IN EINER BIENNALE? hung above the facade in large neon letters. This work, whose complete title is Was ich noch zu erledigen habe (Warum bin ich nicht in einer Biennale?) (What I Still Need to Do [Why Am I Not in a Biennale?]), 2010, functions as a tongue-in-cheek avowal of the ambition (and indignation) of this successful artist, who has of course participated

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