Provocation at the Vatican? Russian artist intends to exhibit work on Vatican border

Valentina di Giorgio (ZENIT News / Rome, 09.11.2023).- His name is Andrei Molodkin, and he is Russian. He’s also referred to as an artist, but he practices a very particular form of art: protest art using human blood. He is planning to […]

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(ZENIT News / Rome, 09.11.2023).- His name is Andrei Molodkin, and he is Russian. He’s also referred to as an artist, but he practices a very particular form of art: protest art using human blood. He is planning to arrive at the gates of the Vatican at the end of September 2023.

Based in Paris, Molodkin aims to create a sculpture representing the Vatican’s coat of arms (the papal tiara with the keys) infused with blood. He requires a very specific type of blood: from victims of sexual abuse, particularly from donors aged between 30 and 40. So far, he only has one donor, an alleged priest who suffered abuse as a child.

“Seeing this sacred symbol with the blood of the victims will be striking,” Molodkin told Sky News. Just last August, the same individual staged an exhibition at the White House using “radioactive blood” from people born in Nagasaki.

It is not allowed to hold demonstrations in St. Peter’s Square, which is Vatican territory. However, the person could potentially approach the border from the Italian side, as often happens with various types of public demonstrations.

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