Internationale Photoszene Köln, Cologne 2018
1. – 30. September 2018. On the occasion of the Internationale Photoszene Köln, the project space of Ruttkowski “Pop68” presents the exhibition Elias Wessel – Werke aus Die Summe meiner Daten. Bismarckstraße 68, 50672 Cologne, Germany.



»Landscapes« at Art Basel, Basel 2018
The AXA Corporate Collection presents artworks from its collection at Art Basel in Basel 2018, including a concave mirror installation by Adolf Luther and photography by Günther Uecker and Elias Wessel. (Collectors Lounge / Hall 2.2, Stand 13)

Elias Wessel "Landscapes" at Art Basel 2018, Basel. Presentation with works from Adolf Luther, Günther Uecker und Elias Wessel.



Book publication »Landscapes – In the end, though, nothing is lost«
On the occasion of the exhibition at Deutsches Haus at New York University the book »Landscapes – In the end, though, nothing is lost« has been published. It contains essays in German and English by Anastasia Sokolova & Vladimir Daybov (Union of Artists of Russia), Jenny Graser (Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main) and Frank Wolff (Modern History/Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) – Osnabrück University). Designed by Uwe Melichar (Factor, Hamburg) the illustrations are printed ‘Layflat’ on MetaPaper ExtraSmooth by Nino Druck (Neustadt Weinstraße). The publication is realized with support by the Kulturstiftung Speyer aus Mitteln der Dr. Carl A. Reichling­ Stiftung. (Phoebe Verlag, New York, ISBN 978-3-00-057962-2)

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In The End, Though, Nothing Is Lost – Exhibition at Deutsches Haus at NYU.
7 April – 26 May 2018. NYU Arts | Science. Deutsches Haus at New York University, 42 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003. Exhibition opening accompanied by an artist talk on Friday, April 6, at 6:00pm.

Elias Wessel, In the end, though, nothing is lost. Exhibition at Deutsches Haus at New York University NYU. New York, Artist Talk, Künstlergespräch, Ausstellung, Kunst



Sprung in die Zeit – Exhibition at No Cube – Raum für Kunst und Medien.
18 February – 25 March 2018. Elias Wessel – Sprung in die Zeit (Time Leap). Exhibition at NoCube – Raum für Kunst und Medien, Achtermannstr. 26, 48143 Münster, Germany.




Zu Gast: Elias Wessel at Baustelle Schaustelle – Raum für Kunst, Düsseldorf.
23 January 2018. Baustelle Schaustelle – Raum für Kunst, Birkenstraße 61, 40233 Düsseldorf, Germany.

Künstlergespräch / Artist Talk: Im Rahmen der Ausstellung “Die Summe meiner Daten – B/W Series” führen Elias Wessel und Kunsthistorikerin Hannah Baro ihr Gespräch in Düsseldorf weiter, welches die Eröffnung am 12.01.2018 in der Baustelle Schaustelle Essen einleitete.

Zu Gast: Elias Wessel, Baustelle Schaustelle - Raum für Kunst Düsseldorf, Künstlergespräch mit Hanna Baro M.A.



Die Summe meiner Daten – B/W Series, Exhibition at Baustelle Schaustelle – Raum für Kunst, Essen.
13 January – 25 February 2018. Baustelle Schaustelle – Raum für Kunst, Brigittastraße 9, 45130 Essen, Germany. Opening: Friday, 12 January 2018, 7pm. Introduction by Art Historian Hanna Baro.




NRW Forum Düsseldorf
28 November – 4 December 2017. NRW Forum Düsseldorf, Ehrenhof 2, 40479 Düsseldorf, Germany

Grieger Relaunch. Group show with: Christian Brandt, Thomas Demand, Yutao Gaom, Andreas Gursky, Elmar Haardt, Nicole Hollmann, Axel Hütte, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, Elias Wessel.



Elias Wessel – Photographische Arbeiten aus den Jahren 2014-2017.
Artbook published on the occasion of the exhibitions “Elias Wessel: Stuck Together Pieces!” and “Elias Wessel: History of Touches” both by invitation of and realized with generous support by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York City. Phoebe Verlag, First published 2017, 116 pages, 151 color illustrations, Essay by art historian Mark Gisbourne, Berlin 2017, German and English. Printed by Gutenberg Beuys Feindruckerei, Hanover, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-00-057962-2. 

Elias Wessel. Photographische Arbeiten aus den Jahren 2014-2017. Published in the occasion of the exhibitions "Elias Wessel: Stuck Together Pieces!" and "Elias Wessel: History of Touches" both by invitation of and realized with generous support by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York City. Phoebe Verlag, First published 2017, 116 pages, 151 color illustrations, Essay by art historian Mark Gisbourne, Berlin 2017, German and English. Printed by Gutenberg Beuys Feindruckerei, Hanover, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-00-057962-2,

Elias Wessel. Photographische Arbeiten aus den Jahren 2014-2017. Published in the occasion of the exhibitions "Elias Wessel: Stuck Together Pieces!" and "Elias Wessel: History of Touches" both by invitation of and realized with generous support by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York City. Phoebe Verlag, First published 2017, 116 pages, 151 color illustrations, Essay by art historian Mark Gisbourne, Berlin 2017, German and English. Printed by Gutenberg Beuys Feindruckerei, Hanover, Germany, ISBN: 978-3-00-057962-2,




History of Touches – Exhibition at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, New York.
9 November – 15 December 2017. German House – Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany. 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.

History of Touches brings together smaller formats of Wessels On- and B/W Series of his latest work cycle Die Summe meiner Daten / History of Touches, 2017, which commenced in 2016 with the thirty images Off Series. Therein the artist “[…] has taken the immediacy of traces and marks, fingerprints, smears, etc., from the surface of touch screen surfaces and photographed them. As a result human presence as trace through aftermath also touches upon issues of phenomenological sentience, though in this instance as a form of a suggestive absent presence.” Within the subsequent On– and B/W Series the artist uses the acquired images and repeatedly displays them on the electronic devises. Carefully re-photographed using different light sources and various techniques of the photographic medium, “[…] the extended length of these series manifests a valorization and diversity of expression realized through the various uses of mark and gesture.” (Quotes from: Mark Gisbourne: Visions of Synthesis – The Photography of Elias Wessel, Berlin, August 2017)

Elias Wessel: History of Touches. Exhibition at the German Consulate New York

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Artist Talk at FIT New York
1 November 2017. Artist Talk “Visions of Synthesis” at the Fashion Institute of Technology. 227 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001



Die Geschichte vom Vergessenen – Heinrich-Hoffmann Museum
24. Februar bis 9. Juli 2017, Sonderausstellung im Heinrich-Hoffmann- & Struwwelpeter-Museum in Frankfurt am Main.

„Für viele bleiben die Erinnerungen an unbeschwerte Stunden einstiger Kindertage für immer im Gedächtnis haften. Doch manches Gedächtnis wird von weißen Flecken bedeckt, von Leerstellen heimgesucht. Erinnerungsfetzen leuchten auf, die sich mit Geschichten, Erlebnissen und fest in das Gedächtnis eingebrannten Bildern vermischen. Das Verblassen von Erinnerung hat der Künstler Elias Wessel infolge der Demenz-Erkrankung seiner Großmutter in der neunteiligen Reihe „Vanitas” (2015) verarbeitet. Entstanden ist ein in dadaistischer Manier gestaltetes Konglomerat aus Familienfotografien, Assoziationen an die Kindheit in Form von Stofflichkeiten, Farben, Kleidung, Orten, Fabeln“ und an den Struwwelpeter. (Aus: Elias Wessel „Vanitas”, von Jenny Graser)




Sprung in die Zeit (Time Leap) – Loft, Raum für Kunst und Gegenwart
19 December  2016 – 26 February 2017. Exhibition “Sprung in die Zeit” (Time Leap) at “Loft – Raum fuer Kunst und Gegenwart” (Project Space for Contemporary Art), in Ansbach, Germany. Opening reception and artist talk together with Dr. Christian Schoen.

“Sprung in die Zeit” (Time Leap) are carefully staged black and white photographs. Thereby texture and structure of the photographed materials play a significant role. During the creation process new arrangements with their own rules and principles develop and operate with opposites such as beginning and end, abundance and emptiness. The results are photographic paintings in their simplified concentration of graphical abstractness as staged perception of time and space.



Stuck Together Pieces!  –  Exhibition: Goethe House, 1014 Fifth Ave New York
November 2016 – March 2017. Exhibition “Stuck Together Pieces!” by Elias Wessel at 1014 Fifth Avenue. Organized by the Consulate General of Germany, New York, USA. Opening reception and artist talk with theater scholar and curator Nina Tabassomi (designated director of the Galerie in the Taxispalais in Innsbruck) on November 2, 2016.




Spuren der Wirklichkeit – Exhibition at Goethe-Institut Frankfurt
5 August – 5 Oktober 2016. Exhibition “Spuren der Wirklichkeit” [traces of reality] at the Goethe Institute Frankfurt, Diesterwegplatz 72, 60594 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Black, dark brown, earthy and ocher parallel arranged lines are crossing a square image carrier horizontally as well as warm red and orange, sunny yellow, but also grass green, light- and dark green. A narrow, light blue line breaks through dark brown in the lower section (Jenny Graser: Die Landscapes I-VII (2014) von Elias Wessel – „In the end, though, nothing is lost“).

The pictorial source of “Landscapes” are photographs of landscapes taken during an artist residency in Kursk, Russia. There, the city administration demands rapid urbanization; old houses are demolished and citizens are forcibly displaced. The concern lies in the image making process. The nature of photography, to depict a virtual image of reality, is being destroyed. Houses and people vanish. By analogy this process and resulting images reflect the city’s intention and consequences of modernization.




Artist Talk: Mannheimer Kunstverein / Artists Alliance Mannheim, Germany
11 June 2016. Organized by the University of Mannheim – Department of Art and Design selected artists speak about their personal experiences, their works and career. Saturday June 11th 2016 starting at 5pm. Mannheimer Kunstverein, Augustaanlage 58, 68165 Mannheim, Germany.



“Liebst” at Künstlerbund Speyer, Germany
20 May 2016. Invited by the Union of Artists of Speyer to present the 8 piece convolute edition of ‘Liebst’ during cultural-night at the Künstlerbund Speyer, Große Sämergasse 1, 67346 Speyer, Germany.




“Feral 7” at ‘The Best Thought I’ve had’, New York
22 April 2016. “Feral 7” at the group show ‘The Best Thought I’ve Had’. Curated by: Georgia Harrell and Suzanne Levesque. One Art Space, 23 Warren Street New York, NY 10007, USA

Elias Wessel
Feral 7, 2015 – 2016
Color Photograph
234.5 x 189.2cm


Art Meets Brain – Lecture at New York University
2 December 2015, 6 – 7.30pm. Center of Neural Science, New York University, Washington Place 4, # 815 of Meyer Hall, New York, NY 10003, USA

What makes us creative? How is creativity expressed in different forms of art? What is the brain basis of creativity? This class explores the intersection of art and science through collaboration between a group of artists representing a range of different disciplines and Neuroscience professor and course director, Wendy Suzuki. Guest lecturers are neuroscientist Ed Vessel and artist Elias Wessel.




Wiesinger – Stünkel – Wessel: Sichtbarkeiten
2 August – 27 September 2015. Exhibition at Museum Heylshof, Stephansgasse 9, 67547 Worms, Germany and Museum Andreasstift, Weckerlingplatz 7, 67547 Worms, Germany.

In the occasion of the Nibelungen–Festival Museum Heylshof and Museum Andreasstift Worms in cooperation with Gallery Breckner Düsseldorf present the special exhibition “Wiesinger – Stückel – Wessel. Sichtbarkeiten”. The exhibition unites three autonomous photographic positions who use the medium in different ways. As part of the opening there will be a panel discussion with the three artists and the artistic director of this year’s Nibelungen Festival Thomas Schadt. The opening speech at Museum Heylshof is being held by Mayor Hans-Joachim Kosubek.



Museum Heylshof, Worms
The artwork “Storyteller” is exhibited within the permanent collection of Museum Heylshof, Stephansgasse 9, 67547 Worms, Germany.



AXA Art Collection, Cologne
June 2015. A special edition of Elias Wessel’s entire Landscapes series is part of the AXA art collection. Colonia-Allee 10-20, 51067 Cologne, Germany.

Der umfangreiche Sammlungsbestand der AXA Versicherung beinhaltet Kunstwerke der Künstlergruppe “Zero”, bspw. von Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Adolf Luther und Günther Uecker, ebenso wie abstrakte Expressionisten. Gerhard Richter, Dona Nelson und Walther Stöhrer finden sich dort neben Werken der “Nouveaux Réalistes” mit Daniel Spoerri, Christo und César. Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, Joseph Beuys und Per Kirkeby sind als Repräsentanten der Fluxusbewegung ebenso erwähnenswert wie Ulrich Erben, Rupprecht Geiger und Sean Scully für die konkrete Kunstrichtung.

Ein Teil der Sammlung widmet sich den “Young British Artists” mit Künstlern wie Fiona Rae und Damien Hirst sowie deren Lehrern, z. B. Michael Craig-Martin. Jim Dine und Andy Warhol richten den Blick auf Tendenzen der Pop-Art und mit Daniel Buren, Louis Cane, Jan Fabre und Claude Viallat beleuchtet man die Künstlergruppe “Support Surface”.

Auch die “neuen Wilden” sind mit Kunstwerken von A.R. Penck, Rainer Fetting und Bernd Zimmer vertreten. Die fotografische Sammlung stellt neben herausragenden Einzelpositionen wie Olafur Eliasson und Michael Wesely auch zusammenhängende Werkgruppen mit Arbeiten von Bernd und Hilla Becher und deren Schülern Jörg Sasse, Thomas Struth, Boris Becker und Candida Höfer aus.



“Freistil” at Kunstverein, Speyer
10 May – 7 June, 2015. Exhibition “Freistil”. Kunstverein Speyer, Flachsgasse 3, 67346 Speyer, Germany.

Freistil ist ein interdisziplinäres Ausstellungsprojekt bei dem elf Künstler aus den USA und Deutschland aufeinander treffen. Thematisch setzt es sich mit Ringen in all seinen Facetten auseinander. Alle Disziplinen der Kunst treffen aufeinander, denn es geht um maximalen Austausch. Die Eröffnungsrede wird gehalten von Oberbürgermeister Hansjörg Eger. Freistil wurde unter anderen unterstützt durch die Kulturstiftung Speyer und das Land Rheinland–Pfalz.



“Landscapes” at Künstlerbund Speyer, Germany
1017 April – 26 April, 2015. Solo exhibition at Künstlerbund Speyer, Große Sämergasse 1, 67346 Speyer, Germany. Opening speech by Holger Grimm, President of the Union of Artists Speyer



Frankfurt Book Fair Audience Award
The “There Must Be More To Life” artbook published by Norman Beckmann Verlag has been chosen out of more than 600 international titles as one of the three finalists for the most beautiful book of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. The audience award is organized by the Frankfurt Book Fair in cooperation with Stiftung Buchkunst.



IV International Open Artists In Residence in Kursk, Russia
September 2014. Invited by The Union of Artists of Russia and the City Administration of Kursk Elias Wessel participates at the IV International Open Artists In Residence program in Kursk, Russia.




Book publication: There Must Be More To Life
Elias Wessel: There Must Be More To Life / Es Muss Im Leben Mehr Als Alles Geben. Artbook with preface by Meghan Daley, Ignacio Oreamuno and dialogue with Amanda Lepore. Design by Hubert & Fischer, New York. Available by Norman Beckmann Verlag, Potsdam, ISBN 978-3-939028-40-6. Cardboard book with two rounded edges, 26 pages, 24.0 x 34.0 cm, Textbook, 24 pages, 22.0 x 32.0cm EUR 27.90/US$ 38.90. English/German



Wiesinger – Stünkel – Wessel: Neue Fotografie
31 January – 22 March 2014. Exhibited photo works: Become Your Dream (below left), Before Your Very Eyes (below right), Parelsón I, Parelsón II, Not Yet Titled (JFK) and others. Opening speech (in German) by Stefan Skowron. BEGE Galerien, Fischergasse 34, 89073 Ulm, Germany.

Elias Wessel: Become Your Dream 



Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei, Taiwan
8 March – 14 April 2013. “Project MOJU” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (MoCA), exhibition “Being Changed – A Group Exhibition of International Contemporary Art”, curated by Louise Hsu.

“Being Changed – A Group Exhibition of International Contemporary Art is an exhibition with four Taiwanese and six international artists of the young generation. They have creatively expressed the corresponding relationship between the will and existence through contemporary art’s diverse approaches. Distinctively derived from the different layers and perspectives of the environment, space, body, and psychological notion, connections are discovered from explorations of external objects through self-consciousness, which are further evolved into inseparable life’s essence involving the body and the will.” – Louise Hsu, MoCA Taipei



Elias Wessel: There Must Be More To Life
September 2012. Solo exhibition at the Art Directors Club New York, 106 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001, USA.