Andrei Molodkin

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Andrei Molodkin
Nationality Russian
Known for Conceptual Art, Installation Art,
Notable work “Liquid Modernity”, “Transformer no. M208”, “Catholic Blood”, “Le Rouge et le Noir”, “C’est ne pas Carla”

Andrei Molodkin (born 1966) is a Russian born conceptual artist living and working in Paris, France.[1]


Molodkin was born in Buy, Kostroma Oblast, a small town in North-Western Russia. He served in the Soviet Army for two years from 1985-7 transporting missiles across Siberia. He later graduated from the Architecture and Interior design department at the Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry in 1992.[2]

Work and Career[edit]

His work explores the conflict between culture, religion, economy and politics, using recognizable religious images and cultural iconography as his subject matter. Molodkin believes that the oil industry is "the flesh and blood of Western economy" and he comments on how a national resource can become a national identity.[citation needed] His most recent project has been his attempt to make oil from human corpses with a giant pressure cooker.[3]

His exhibition "Direct From The Pipe" was presented at ANNE+ Art Projects, Ivry sur Seine,France [4] "Sweet Crude American Dream" was presented at Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, NY. Andre Molodkin, and "Guts à la Russe" at Orel Art Gallery, Paris, in April–May 2008 Orel Art

Andrei Molodkin, Catholic Blood, 2013.jpeg

A 2013 exhibition by Molodkin in the Void Gallery in Derry entitled Catholic Blood (2013) was created specifically for the context of Derry and Northern Ireland. Catholic Blood (2013) instantly locked into contentious historical divides, as its subject is based in the Catholic Relief Act of 1829 and a particular clause of the British constitution that forbids any MP from advising the sovereign on ecclesiastical matters if they are of the Catholic faith.[5][6] The work was controversial in its choice of materials which consisted of Catholic blood, a specification that was met with resistance.[7] The project required the participation of the public, with 36 people came forward to donate their blood, including the son of a Catholic Priest.[7] The piece was designed from hollowed acrylic, mimicking the windows of the British Houses of Parliament.[5][7] A pharmaceutical fridge contained samples of donated human blood and an industrial compressor pumped this blood through the window. This was then projected onto the gallery walls.

“Some people were angry that I hadn't used both Catholic and Protestant blood. They felt cheated that I had only chosen to use Catholic blood. It was never my intention to mix religions - the intensity is in the separation.[7]

He currently lives and works between Paris and Moscow. His works are held in private collections in the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, the Freud Museum in Saint Petersburg and in the collection of the Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow.[citation needed]

Solo exhibitions[edit]


  • Transformer No.M208, Ducal Palace, Genova.[8]


  • Immigrant Blood, Patricia Dorfmann Gallery, Paris.
  • Catholic Blood, Void Gallery, Londonderry.[9][10][11]
  • Post-Utopian Simulacrum, Wooson Gallery, Daegu.
  • Crude, American University Museum, Washington, D.C.[12]


  • Liquid Black, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich.


  • Crude, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston.[13]
  • Transformer No.V579, Art Sensus Gallery, London.
  • Sincere, Galleria Pack, Milan.
  • Crude, Art Sensus, London[14]


  • Absolute Return, Orel Art Gallery, Paris.


  • Andrei Molodkin: Liquid Modernity (Grid and Greed), Orel Art Gallery, London.[15]
  • Swiss Passion, Priska Pasquer Gallery, Cologne.
  • Oil Evolution, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York.


  • Guts à la Russe, Orel Art Gallery, Paris.[16]


  • Direct From The Pipe, ANNE+ Art Projects, Ivry sur Seine,France.[4]
  • G8, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Sweet Crude American Dream, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York


  • Cold War II, Orel Art Gallery, Paris
  • Empire at War, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York
  • Sweet Crude Eternity, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland


  • Sweet crude Eternity, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York


  • Notre Patrimoine, European Parliament, Brussels
  • Trash resources, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York


  • Love Copyright, Orel Art Presenta Gallery, Paris
  • Love Copyright, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York


  • Polius, Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, Orel Art Presenta Gallery, Paris
  • Carré Noir Gallery, Paris


  • Novo Novosibirsk, The Marble Palace, Russian State Museum, St. Petersburg
  • Blue Dream, Freud’s Dream Museum, St. Petersburg


  • Novo Novosibirsk, Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, Paris


  • Collection of The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg
  • Collection of S. Freud Museum, Saint Petersburg
  • Collection of Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow
  • Rosenblum Collection, Paris, France
  • And private collectors in Europe and The United States[who?]


  • Andrei Molodkin: Post-Utopian Simulacrum, eds. Wooson Gallery, Daegu, 2013.
  • Andrei Molodkin: Crude, eds. Silvana Editoriale, The Station Museum, Houston, 2013.
  • Andrei Molodkin: Absolute Return, eds. Silvana Editoriale, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole, France, 2011.
  • Andrei Molodkin: Holy Oil, 2010.
  • Andrei Molodkin: Liquid Modernity, 2009.
  • Andrei Molodkin: Cold War II, eds. Victor Tupitsyn and Margarita Tupitsyn, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, 2007.


Andrei Molodkin: Liquid Modernity, eds. Margarita Tupitsyn and Victor Tupitsyn, London: Orel Art UK, 2009.

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