Andrei Molodkin

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Andrei Molodkin
Portrait The Times (resized).jpg
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]

Molodkin's practise comprises drawing, sculpture and installation. [3] His drawings are made in ball-point pen, an implement that references his experiences in the Soviet Military "where soldiers would receive two Bics a day to write letters", they are often "laboriously drawn replicas of mass-media images".[4] His sculptures and installations often employ materials techniques and practices common in engineering "Molodkin creates a complex mechanical system consisting of air compressors, cast-iron pumps, and plastic tubing" that pump liquids (most commonly blood and/or crude oil) around hollowed perspex replicas of sculptures and architecture, as well as politically loaded words and phrases.[5][6] According to Douglas Rogers, author of 'The Depths of Russia: Oil, Power and Culture After Socialism', "His [Molodkin] work draws attention to the technical systems that channel political and economic configurations and to the ways in which words, concepts and spaces can be colored, inflected, shaped and filled by their associations with oil."[7]

Installation shot of 'Le Rouge et le Noir' (2009) at the Russian Pavilion of the 53rd Venice Biennale. Photo courtesy of the artist

In 2009 Molodkin was invited to participate in the Russian Pavilion of the 53rd Venice Bienale, the exhibition was named 'Victory Over The Future'.[8] For the Pavilion Molodkin submitted his 2009 work 'Le Rouge et le Noir', a multimedia installation that featured a two hollow acrylic block replicas of the statue of Nike of Samothrace, a Hellenistic sculpture on permanent display at the Louvre depicting Nike, the Greek godess of victory. The installation featured the blood of a Russian soldier and veteran of the Chechen War being mixed, using a system of pumps, with Chechen oil inside the cavities of the blocks. The piece was deemed too controversial leading to the pavilion's curator removing the description of the piece from display.[9]

Installation shot from the 2013 Catholic Blood exhibition at Void Gallery in Derry.

A 2013 exhibition by Molodkin in the Void Gallery in Derry entitled 'Catholic Blood' was created specifically for the context of Derry and Northern Ireland. 'Catholic Blood' tapped into contentious historical divides in Ireland, as its subject is based in the Catholic Relief Act of 1829 and a particular clause of the British constitution that reportedly forbids any MP from advising the sovereign on ecclesiastical matters if they are of the Catholic faith, though this was disputed by Dr Bob Morris, an expert in constitutional affairs at University College London. Molodkin correctly asserted, "Yes, but there have been no Catholic prime ministers, perhaps when we talk about it we will get one."[10][11][12] The work was controversial in its choice of materials which consisted of blood donated by local Catholics, a specification that was met with resistance.[13] The project required the participation of the public, thirty-six people came forward to donate their blood, including the son of a Catholic Priest.[13] The piece was constructed from hollowed acrylic blocks, mirroring the rose window of the Palace of Westminster.[11][13] A pharmaceutical fridge contained samples of donated human blood and an industrial compressor pumped this blood through the cavity of the rose window in the acrylic block. This was simultaneously filmed and projected onto the gallery walls.

Molodkin, reflecting on the exhibition and the vociferous reaction, stated: "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.[13]

He currently lives and works between the French capital, Paris, and Maubourguet in Southern France. His work is held in a number of significant public and private collections, including the Tate national collection. [14]

Solo exhibitions[edit]


  • Transformer No.M208, Ducal Palace, Genova.[15]


  • Immigrant Blood, Patricia Dorfmann Gallery, Paris.
  • Catholic Blood, Void Gallery, Londonderry.[16][17][18]
  • Post-Utopian Simulacrum, Wooson Gallery, Daegu.
  • Crude, American University Museum, Washington, D.C.[19]


  • Liquid Black, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich.


  • Crude, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston.[20]
  • Transformer No.V579, Art Sensus Gallery, London.
  • Sincere, Galleria Pack, Milan.
  • Crude, Art Sensus, London[21]


  • Absolute Return, Orel Art Gallery, Paris.


  • Andrei Molodkin: Liquid Modernity (Grid and Greed), Orel Art Gallery, London.[22]
  • Swiss Passion, Priska Pasquer Gallery, Cologne.
  • Oil Evolution, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York.


  • Guts à la Russe, Orel Art Gallery, Paris.[23]


  • Direct From The Pipe, ANNE+ Art Projects, Ivry sur Seine,France.[24]
  • 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


  • 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.


  1. ^ Molodkin, Andrei (2012). Liquid Black (1st ed.). Berlin: Kehrer Heidelberg Berlin. p. 138. ISBN 9783868283174. 
  2. ^ Molodkin, Andrei. Absolute Return (1sr ed.). Silvana Editoriale. p. 232. ISBN 9788836622436. 
  3. ^ "Andrei Molodkin - 12 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy". Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  4. ^ 1966-, Molodkin, Andreĭ,. Andrei Molodkin : liquid black. Tupitsyn, Margarita., Agamov-Tupit︠s︡yn, Viktor., Buhrs, Michael., Museum Villa Stuck. Heidelberg. ISBN 9783868283174. OCLC 811590461. 
  5. ^ Molodkin, Andrei; Harithas; Tupitsyn (2013). Crude. Milan, Italy: Silvana Editorale. pp. p. 7. 
  6. ^ Viktor., Agamov-Tupit︠s︡yn, (2009). The museological unconscious : communal (post)modernism in Russia. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. ISBN 9780262201735. OCLC 318254881. 
  7. ^ 1972-, Rogers, Douglas,. The depths of Russia : oil, power, and culture after socialism. Ithaca. ISBN 9780801456589. OCLC 904756088. 
  8. ^ Victory over the future. Tsereteli, Vassili., Sviblova, Olga., Kondranina, Ekaterina., Petrova, Anna., Peppershteĭn, Pavel., Delon, Alien. Moscow: Multimedia Complex of Actual Arts. 2009. ISBN 9785939770538. OCLC 664123958. 
  9. ^ Tupitsyn, Margarita. "Margarita Tupitsyn on Andrei Molodkin". Retrieved 2018-01-16. 
  10. ^ Martin, Andy (18 May 2013). "Catholic blood exhibition opens". Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  11. ^ a b "Press Release : Catholic Blood by Andrei Molodkin curated by Conor McFeely" (PDF). Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  12. ^ Sheerin, Mark. "Andrei Molodkin stirs the blood with new commission for Derry-Londonderry's Void". 
  13. ^ a b c d "Arterial motive? Visitors to artist Andrei Molodkin's new show asked". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-12-05. 
  14. ^ "'Liquid Modernity', Andrei Molodkin, 2009". Retrieved 17 January 2018. 
  15. ^ "Transformer No M208 / Andrei Molodkin". 
  16. ^ "catholic blood / Andrei Molodkin". 
  17. ^ Owen Hatherley. "Derry has built bridges – but its industry won't come back". The Guardian. 
  18. ^ "Arterial motive? Visitors to artist Andrei Molodkin's new show asked to contribute their own blood". The Independent. 
  19. ^ "Andrei Molodkin with 'Crude' is oiling for a fight". Washington Post. 
  20. ^ "crude / Andrei Molodkin". 
  21. ^ "Russian artist Andrei Molodkin rolls out the barrel". The Independent. 
  22. ^ [1][dead link]
  23. ^ [2][dead link]
  24. ^ "ANNE+ ART PROJECTS". Retrieved 17 January 2018. 

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