Ian Waelder

Ian Waelder’s practice explores memory and trace by isolating archival histories and language in relation to his biography, working through the poetics of the accident and the repurposing of the discarded. Waelder’s work unfolds through the mediums of photography, sculpture, sound and installation.

A solo exhibition of Waelder’s work, Even in a language that is not your own, took place at the Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum, Palma, in 2023.

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  • Ian Waelder: Here not today

    April 18 – June 9, 2024

    Super Super Markt, Brunnenstr. 22, Berlin

  • Moving in

    Karla Black, Zoë Carlon, Tatjana Danneberg, Karlo Kacharava, Nika Kutateladze, Paloma Varga Weisz, Ian Waelder

    September 30 – October 31, 2023

    Friends Apartment, Berlin


Ian Waelder (b. 1993 in Madrid, Spain) lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


He studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, with Haegue Yang, Mark von Schlegell and Peter Fischli.


Selected solo exhibitions include Super Super Markt, Berlin (2024); Neuer Kunstverein, Gießen (2024); Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum, Palma (2023); Galerie Rolando Anselmi, Rome (2023); ethall gallery, Barcelona (2022); L21, Palma (2021); and the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (2018).

Waelder’s work has been included in group exhibitions at Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (2023); Delfina Foundation, London (2023); Super Super Markt, Berlin (2023); Kunstverein Wiesen, Wiesen (2023); Francis Irv, New York (2023); Museum Stift Stams, Stams (2022); Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice (2021); Galerie Rolando Anselmi. Atina (2020); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017); L21, Palma (2017); and the Contemporary Art Center of Galicia (CGAC), Santiago de Compostela (2014).


Ian Waelder’s work is part of public collections worldwide. These include the Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum, Mallorca; Palma City Council Collection, Mallorca; Camper Foundation, Mallorca; MMK, Frankfurt am Main; ADN Collection, Barcelona; GRECU Collection, Bucharest; and the Braunsfelder Family Collection, Cologne.

Selected press

Cooking Slowly
émergent magazine, Phin Jennings, 2024

Gallery Weekend Berlin: Where the Sublime and the Ridiculous Coexist
Elephant, Phin Jennings, 2024

Ian Waelder: Today’s News Will Always Be Tomorrow’s History
Mousse Magazine, Carina Bukuts, 2024

In the studio: Ian Waelder
Super Super Markt, 2024