Conceptual Art, Minimal Art,

Andrei Molodkin

Russian Federation 1966

Installation, Minimal Art, Conceptual Art

Andrei Molodkin
Andrei Molodkin
Russian Federation
January 28, 2015
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Andrei Molodkin is an internationally recognized contemporary Russian artist engaged in deconstructing the economic realities of geopolitical praxis.

Molodkin was born in Boui, 500 km (310 mi) north of Moscow, in 1966. Both of his parents taught at the university and he went to art school at the age of 12 and was first inspired by tattoos, which at the time were illegal in Russia. Molodkin later claimed that ‘the only freedom you have is what you can write on your body’. Molodkin’s visual and conceptual strategies recall some of the basic principles of Constructivist Art, the early 20th century Russian avant-garde movement, which upheld art as the domain of pure feeling and social harmony and which focused on utopian ideals, production, and process.

Molodkin pushes the boundaries of Constructivist Art by engineering clear solid constructions with hollow imprints that become active as crude oil circulates within these forms through a network of pumps and tubes. His artworks also expand the practice of Minimal Art, an unembellished, formalist late 20th century American approach to factory art-making. Like the work of the American artist Mark Lombardi who investigated international banking impropriety and theft through his art, Molodkin links crude oil to democracy, justice, liberty, and revolution as well as to icons such as the Statue of Liberty and the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

The artist has had his works featured in many individual and group exhibitions in Western and Eastern Europe and in the USA. In 2009 he represented Russia at the 53rd Venice Biennale and in 2012 the museum Villa Stuck, Munich, presented a major exhibition with his work in.
Furthermore, his works have been covered in publications such as Art Forum, Art Press, Third Text, Kh/Zh, the New York Times, the Village Voice and the Independent.

Andrei Molodkin currently lives and works in Paris and Moscow.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014Trash resources, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New YorkSolo
2014Transformer No.M208 Ducal Palace, Genova.Solo
2013Immigrant Blood Patricia Dorfmann Gallery, Paris.Solo
2013Catholic Blood Void Gallery, Londonderry.Solo
2013Post-Utopian Simulacrum Wooson Gallery, Daegu.Solo
2013Crude American University Museum, Washington, D.C.Solo
2012Liquid Black, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich.Solo
2012Speaking Artists Busan Museum of Art, BusanGroup
2011CrudeStation Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston.Solo
2011Transformer No.V579 Art Sensus Gallery, London.Solo
2011Sincere Galleria Pack, Milan.Solo
2011Crude Art Sensus, London[10]Solo
2011Westend Museum on the Seam, JerusalemGroup
2011Big Brother Palais des Arts, DinardGroup
2010Absolute Return Orel Art Gallery, Paris.Solo
2010La Leçon de l’Histoire Palais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2010Born in Dystopia Rosenblum Collection & Friends, ParisGroup
2010UntitledIntramoenia Extrart, TarantoGroup
2010Futurologia Garage, MoscowGroup
2010Wall & Floor Almine Rech Gallery, ParisGroup
2009Andrei Molodkin: Liquid Modernity (Grid and Greed) Orel Art Gallery, London.Solo
2009Swiss Passion Priska Pasquer Gallery, Cologne.Solo
2009Oil Evolution Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York.Solo
2009Le Rouge et Le Noire 53rd Venice Biennale, VeniceGroup
2009Rosta Priska Pasquer Gallery, CologneGroup
2009The End of Oil Exit Art, New YorkGroup
2008Guts à la Russe Orel Art Gallery, Paris.[11]Solo
2008Russian Dream The Bass Museum of Art, Miami BeachGroup
2007Direct From The Pipe ANNE+ Art Projects, Ivry sur Seine,France.Solo
2007G8 Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2007UntitledSweet Crude American Dream, Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New YorkSolo
2007East-West Orel Art Gallery, Paris[12]Group
2007Moscow World Fine Art Fair Orel Art Gallery, MoscowGroup
2007Art Moscow Orel Art Gallery, MoscowGroup
2007Paper Trails New Adventures in Drawing VI Gallery, Denmark.Group
2007DIFC Gulf Art Fair Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, DubaiGroup
2007Art Paris Abu Dhabi Orel Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, EAUGroup
2007Art Paris Orel Art Gallery, ParisGroup
2007Bushels Bundles and Barrels, Superfund, New YorkGroup
2006Cold War II,Orel Art Gallery, ParisSolo
2006Empire at War Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New YorkSolo
2006Sweet Crude Eternity Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2006Petrodollar Pierogi and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, MiamiGroup
2006The Kiss Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, Scope, MiamiGroup
2006Modus R Art Basel Miami Beach, MiamiGroup
2006Madame Butterfly Priska Pasquer Gallery, Paris Photo, ParisGroup
2006God is Great Guelman Gallery, Art Moscow, MoscowGroup
2006Life After Death Orel Art Gallery, Art Moscow, MoscowGroup
2006Art Attack! (Russian contemporary art) Orel Art Gallery, ParisGroup
2005Sweet crude Eternity Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New YorkSolo
2005Black HeartOrel Art Gallery, ParisGroup
2005Liquid Madonna Orel Art Gallery, FIAC, ParisGroup
2005Scope Orel Art Gallery, LondonGroup
2005Art Moscow Orel Art Gallery, MoscowGroup
2004Notre Patrimoine European Parliament, BrusselsSolo
2004Trash Resources Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New YorkGroup
2004Our Patrimony European Parliament, BrusselsGroup
2004Playing For OilFlash Art Milan, Orel Art Gallery, MilanGroup
2004Art Brussels Orel Art Gallery, BrusselsGroup
2004Art Moscow Orel Art Gallery, MoscowGroup
2003Love Copyright Orel Art Presenta Gallery, ParisSolo
2003Love Copyright Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New YorkSolo
2003Love Copyright Art Moscow, Orel Art Gallery, MoscowGroup
2003Underground City Labin, CroatiaGroup
2003New Beginning of Contemporary Art of Moscow Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
2002Polius Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, Orel Art Presenta Gallery, ParisSolo
2002UntitledCarré Noir Gallery, ParisSolo
2002Polus Photobiennale 2002, House of the Photography, MoscowGroup
2002Body as Sculpture Carré Noir Gallery, Paris Photo, ParisGroup
2002Biesterfeld Art Management St. Moritz, SwitzerlandGroup
2001Novo Novosibirsk The Marble Palace, Russian State Museum, St. PetersburgSolo
2001Blue Dream Freud’s Dream Museum, St. PetersburgSolo
2001Novonovosibirsk Russian National Museum, Saint PetersburgGroup
2001UntitledNew Academy, Saint PetersburgGroup
2001Private Art Gallery Saint PetersburgGroup
2001Freud's Dream Museum Saint PetersburgGroup
2001Novonovosibirsk Schusev National Museum of Architecture, MoscowGroup
2001Paris Photo Fair 2001 Carrousel of the Louvre, Carré Noir Gallery, ParisGroup
2001UntitledMuseum of the Photography House, MoscowGroup
2000Photobiennale 2000 House of the Photography, MoscowGroup
2000Novonovosibirsk Instrumenta, Novy Manege, Douma, MoscowGroup
2000Paris Photo Fair 2000 Louvre Carrousel, Carré Noir Gallery, ParisGroup
1999Novo Novosibirsk Chapelle Saint-Louis de la Salpêtrière, ParisSolo
1999Art Manege 99 Yakut Gallery, MoscowGroup