John Knight’s exhibition at Portikus could not be more current. Just some weeks ago, the contractual agreement of one of his artworks was violated: As part of another artist’s solo presentation at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, John Knight’s piece The Right to Be Lazy (2008), which is a permanent work in the museum’s collection, had a sculpture installed on top of it. John Knight’s work for the Hamburger Bahnhof—like all his works—is an intervention into the existing architectural, social and political fabric of the place. The formal agreement between the institution and the artist was that the rondel, the circular lawn in front of the entrance to the building, was never to be tended and left to grow naturally by the command of the seasons.
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