Alex Wissel (b.1983 in Aschaffenburg) lives and works in Dusseldorf and Munich. He studied at Kunstakademie Dusseldorf and at Ecole nationale superieure des beauxarts de Lyon. Wissel is the initiator of numerous community projects such as “Oktoberbar” (2010) and “Single-Club” (2011–12). The story of the latter was later documented as well as fictionalized in the eponymous film (2015). Wissel has realized this and several other cinematic projects together with film director Jan Bonny, in which he also sometimes appears as an actor.
The works presented at LISTE belong to an ongoing series called “Rheingold”. Rheingold takes the life story of former art consultant Helge Achenbach as framework to craft a social satire about art in times of neoliberal transformation. The now tried and convicted consultant had increased his commission by exchanging Dollar signs for Euros, forged documents that he referred to in the trial as ‘collages’. The work on Rheingold is divided into two artistic processes – drawing and film – which run parallel and in relation to one another. In his drawings, Alex Wissel combines his research with scenes from the film. They can be read as humorous, alternative writing of (art)history. The web series Rheingold, another collaboration with Jan Bonny, was recently produced with Volksbuhne Berlin.
Wissel’s work has been shown at Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2017); Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach (2017); Kunstverein fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2017); Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (2016); Mumok, Vienna (2015); New Theater, Berlin (2014); Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg (2014); and Center, Berlin (2011). Last year he received the Kulturforderpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and the studio grant of the Kolnischer Kunstverein (Cologne).