Oliver Ressler (Knittelfeld, 1970) is an Austrian artist based in Vienna. He is an artist and filmmaker who produces installations, projects in the public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, global warming, forms of resistance and social alternatives. Over the years, he collaborated with the artists Zanny Begg (Sydney), Ines Doujak (Vienna), Martin Krenn (Vienna), Carlos Motta (New York), Gregory Sholette (New York), David Thorne (Los Angeles) and the political scientist Dario Azzellini (Berlin/New York).
Ressler has had almost one hundred solo exhibitions, among them in Berkeley Art Museum, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid; Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt; Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk; Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo – CAAC, Seville; Foundation Fabbrica Del Cioccolato, Torre-Blenio (CH); MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; and SALT Galata, Istanbul, Kunst Haus, Vienna; Museum of Art in Public Spaces, Copenhagen; ar/ge kunst Bolzano; Centre of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; Museum Hartberg (A). In 2020 is scheduled a solo show at Kunsthus Graz. Ressler has participated in more than 300 group exhibitions, including Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; MASSMoCA, North Adams, USA; Centre Pompidou, Paris, BOZAR, Brussels, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah and at the biennials in Seville (2006), Moscow (2007), Taipei (2008), Lyon (2009), Gyumri (2012), Venice (2013), Athens (2013, 2015), Quebec (2014), documenta 14 (2017), Warsaw (2019). He is the director of 28 films. A retrospective of his films took place at Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève in 2013.
He is the co-curator of an exhibition cycle on the financial crisis, It’s the Political Economy, Stupid, and project leader of the research project Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom at Secession in Vienna in 2014. Ressler is the first price winner of the newly established Prix Thun for Art and Ethics Award in 2016. Ressler’s works are present in many public and private collections, including Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven; EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens; Erste Collection Vienna; Pori Art Museum Finland; Neue Galerie Graz; ZKM Karlsruhe; Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz; n.b.k. – Neuer Berliner Kunstverein; CAAC – Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo Seville; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia Madrid; 21er Haus Museum of Contemporary Art Vienna.