Axel J. Wieder, born 1971 in Stuttgart, studied art history and cultural studies in Cologne and Berlin. In 1999, he co-founded together with Katja Reichard and Jesko Fezer the bookshop Pro qm, which also serves as an experimental platform for events and presentations in art and urbanism. 2007-2010 he was the artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart and 2010 a visiting curator at Ludlow 38, Goethe-Institut New York. For the 3rd Berlin Biennale 2004, he organized a thematic section about the urban development in Berlin after the fall of the wall, together with Jesko Fezer. As a curator, he was project manager for the exhibition project "Now and ten years ago" for KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2004-5) and a research fellow at the Peabody-Essex-Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. He was teaching at Bauhaus University in Weimar and the Zurich University of the Arts.
Since 1990 he had solo and group exhibitions with Jesko Fezer, among others at Frankfurter Kunstverein, Museum Fridericianum in Kassel, Kunstverein München and the 9th Istanbul Biennial, since 1999 with Pro qm, at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich and Kunsthaus Dresden and others. He is frequently writing on architecture and exhibitions for Texte zur Kunst, 032c, Springerin, Frieze, Arch+ and other publications.