the artists

Talk with AROTIN & SERGHEI a film by Nikolai Saoulski for Kira A Princess of Prussia Foundation 2020

AROTIN & SERGHEI selected installation views – with Klangforum Wien, at Wiener Konzerthaus, Biennale di Venezia, Ars Electronica, Gujral Foundation and Kunsthistorisches Museum. AROTIN & SERGHEI Archive 2017

The artist duo AROTIN & SERGHEI is developing  interdisciplinary artworks and projects in a growing network of partners from the world of culture and science, with  philosophers and musicians, and in a direct cooperation with leading art institutions such as Ars ElectronicaKlangforum WienIrcam – Centre Pompidou ParisKunsthistorisches Museum WienFondation Beyeler Basel, Artcurial Auction House and La Biennale di Venezia. Their intermedial paintings are developed in their ateliers in Berlin and south of France, and have been presented among others at TEFAF Maastricht, Ars Electronica, Espace Muraille Contemporary Art Geneva, ARTCURIAL, as well as in Galleries and Art Spaces in Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Vienna. As European artists representants they participated at the conference The State of Fine Art in European Parliament. Free Space was the title of their conferences at the Luxemburg University 2010. Cooperations with engineers and developers of avant-guarde techniques, as Active Image, Dominique Renaud, Co-Mining, Solar Impulse, as well as with contemporary composers and musicians.

A main project since 2006 is “INFINITE SCREEN”, that explores the idea of The Infinite which is suggested beyond the visible surface of “Everything We See…”  – a fundamental questioning of “Truth-Possibilities” (Wittgenstein philosophy)Commissioned originally by Klangforum Wien and Biennale di Venezia, further developed with Ars Electronica and Fondation Beyeler, Basel and presented in cooperation with museum in progress, Ars Electronica and Artcurial in occasion of 125 years Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien as a 1200 m2 large scale installation on the main facade of the Museum, Infinite Screen led the artists create a multitude of artworks, sound composition, sculptures, drawings and paintings. First exhibitions of intermedial paintings at TEFAF Maastricht, Ars Electronica, Espace Muraille Geneva, ARTCURIAL, as well as in Galleries and Art Spaces in Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Vienna. Actually large scale exhibition at W&K Palais Vienna. 


are living and working all over Europe with main bases in Berlin, London and in south of France.

AROTIN — Austrian-French artist, curator, composer and director, born in Vienna, grew up between Vienna, Paris and Moscow.  From the age of 4, piano studies and appearences on the stages: Burgtheatre Vienna, and with Sängerknaben Boys Choir at TV shows, Staatsoper Vienna and in Japan. studies: University of Music Vienna, Piano / Composition / Music Theory / Orchestra Direction. Centre Acanthes Avignon France, Composition masterclass with Luigi Nono. Piccolo Teatro Milano, internship in directing with Giorgio Strehler. University of Applied Arts Vienna, Masterclass for Film and Theatre Direction with Axel Manthey and Klaus Zehelein, Oswald Oberhuber, guest teachers, Robert Wilson, Werner Schwab, Hermann Beil; Costumes Karl Lagerfeld, Vievienne Westwood, Frida Parmeggiani; Architecture Wolf Prix; Light Design, Video, Art History, Philosophy. Diploma / Master about Samuel Beckett. Special musical research and studies of Wagner and Scriabin. First realisations at the Salzburg Festival in Hellbrunn Castle, Künstlerhaus Vienna, Wiener Festwochen, and the kinetic installation “Happy Day Balance”, for the inauguration of Richard Meier’s Stadthaus Ulm Art Center,  the starting point of his collaboration with SERGHEI.

SERGHEI — Romanian-Russian artist, curator and director, born in Chisinau, USSR, grew up in St Petersbourg and Moscow, started at the age of 5 with Ballet, Music & Theatre (Music and Ballet School Chisinau, Moldavia). studies:  History of  languages & Philosophy Chisinau University, Journalism. Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, French. Vienna University, Art History. University of Montpellier  Art History and Archology. First works at Institute for Fashion and Design, as well as curator for the Cultural exchange programms at the City Hall Chisinau, and for Melodia disc label Moscow, TV Ostankino, Moscow. Artistic collaboration with AROTIN in Austria, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland


Galerie Hervé van der Straeten, Paris 2020  – Shadows of Ideas

Museum of the Future / Ars Electronica Centre, Festival Ars Electronica 2019 – Infinite Light Column

Art Festival Vernon-Giverny 2019Impressions / Dialogues avec Monet – exhibition / installation / composition

Kunsthalle Wien  – Infinite Light Column – exhibition with Yury Revich – Vienna 2019

PAD / Art Geneva 2019  – exhibition with Hervé van der Straeten

Guerlain / parcours privé de la FIAC – Infinite Time Machine – Paris 2018

Palais Rasumofsky / Vienna Contemporary special solo exhibition – AROTIN & SERGHEI  Vienna 2018

W & K Gallery Vienna-New York  – 25 years W & K – group exhibition with works by Klimt, Schiele, Picasso, Arotin & Serghei a.o., Vienna 2018

Hofburg Vienna 2018 – Metamorphosis sound installation, Yury Revich Friday Nights

Berlin Friedrichstrasse – public space – Metamorphosis sound installation, group exhibition curated by Kira Marina von Bismarck 2018

W & K Palais  – Metamorphosis Cycle – curated by AROTIN & SERGHEI, 6 parts presentations, artworks, concerts and talks with participation of Kira-Marina von Bismarck, Jean Van der Stegen; Michael Wendeberg, Martin Guesnet; Dominique Renaud, Luiggino Torrigiani; Henning Lohner; Bertrand Du Vignaud, Yury Revich; Mikhail Rudy. cooperation with Belfry , Bösendorfer, Active Image. AROTIN & SERGHEI Contemporary Art, Vienna 2018

W & K Palais – Wienerroither & Kohlbacher – Palais Schönborn-Batthyany Metamorphosis – solo exhibition, Vienna 2018

Espace Muraille Gallery Geneva 2017 – Infinite Time Machine – installation for  6 screens, cooperation with Dominique Renaud, Active Image, support by Belfry Group 

Festival Ars Electronica Gallery Spaces 2017 – Logical Structure of Colour – intermedial painting, AROTIN & SERGHEI Contemporary Art in cooperation with W&K – Wienerroither Kohlbacher Gallery Vienna and  Active Image.

Gstaad  2017 / Chalet Farb – solo exhibition and installation with Mikhail Rudy

Fondation Beyeler Basel 2016 Prometheus / White Point – installation & performance of Scriabin’s Prometheus with Mikhail Rudy & Ian Pace, commission for the exhibition Kandinsky, Marc, Der Blaue Reiter

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna 2016 Infinite Screen / The Babel Tower – 1200m2 video and sound installation; 125 years Kunsthistorisches Museum cooperation with Ars Electronica, Museum in Progress, Artcurial, Espace Muraille, Belfry Group, Rezac Projection

Artcurial Vienna 2016 – Light Cells – solo exhibition

Festival Ars Electronica 2016 – Vers La Flamme / Radical Atoms – 5 electronic preludes for Scriabin’s last preludes and 72m live video installation with Mikhail Rudy, piano; The Alchemists of Our Time

Espace Muraille Gallery Geneva 2016 – Light Impulse – solo exhibition

La Biennale di Venezia 2015 Arsenale / Teatro Alle Tese – Infinite Screen / Mantegna – installation with Klangforum Wien, music by Aureliano Cattaneo, poems by  Edoardo Sanguineti

La Biennale di Venezia  2015 / official collateral event, Gujral Foundation, cooperation with Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Fondazione Mazzotta, Palazzo Benzon Venice – Faces / Exampaeos – installation on circular modules – exhibition “My East Is Your West”

Festival Ars Electronica 2015 / Deep Space 8K media collection – White Point – subliminal installation video and sound for wall and floor, support by Bildrecht

Festival Ars Electronica 2014 Brucknerhaus Linz, Brucknerorchester – Infinite Screen / Everything We See Could Also Be Otherwise (Wittgenstein) – installation with sound, solo exhibition of intermedial painting cycles, projection on modules

Konzerthaus Wien 2013 – Infinite Screen /  Mantegna – installation and real time animation with Klangforum Wien, music by Aureliano Cattaneo, poems by  Edoardo Sanguineti

Bildraum Vienna 2013 – Free Cells – solo exhibition, intermedial paintings cycles

Galerie Guegan Paris 2012 – Pink Sound – solo exhibition in occasion of  FIAC 2012

Galerie Flore Bruxelles 2012 – Crazy Cells – exhibition in occasion of Design September

Galerie Flore Bruxelles 2012 – AROTIN & SERGHEI duo exhibition with Nancy Coste in occasion of Art Brussels

TEFAF Maastricht  Art Fair 2012 / Galerie Flore Mute Space / Blacklight 

Luxemburg University 2010–11 – Free Space –  research project, seminary

Musée Royaux des Arts et de l’Histoire Bruxelles 2007–10 – 3 shortfilms (Paper worlds, Medici, Fortuny, Diaghilev), in cooperation with Isabelle de Borchgrave,

Pavlovsk Palace, St. Petersburg 2006–09  shortfilms screenings

Ircam – Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2006–09 – Bing – work in progress in homage to Beckett, with Olga Neuwirth, Dmitri Kourliandski, Marino Formenti, Lisi Estaras

White Loft / Arotin Art Atelier Berlin 2005 – 2012 exhibitions & project presentations Fusion Paintings, Dostoievsky’s Double, Infinito Nero with music by Sciarrino, Mirlitonnades by Beckett (video installation with Martin Heesch), Speaking Head (work in progress, installation, video and sound, text: Beckett’s Happy Days, with Veronika Novag-Jones and Sirone), Non Lieu / Manipulated Space, a.o.

Stadttheater Klagenfurt 2005, Intermedial installation, 8 x 8 m, with performance  Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett by Alexander Arotin, multimedia programming by Mariapaz Montecinos, music by Olga Neuwirth

Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona 2003 – Traces – Intermedial installation, subliminal video & projected drawings, cooperation with Mariapaz Montecinos and Frank Kalero Ojodepez 01

Museumsquartier Wien 2001 – Underground – Site specific installation for the inauguration ceremony of the museum compound

Galleria Contemporanea, Milan 2001 – Microcosmos – Installation and performance, visual score for live painting, music by Bela Bartok, with Gabriele Amadori

Ruhrtriennale Germany 2001 – Long Rain Box – Installation project, scenic score with The Long Rain / Construction In Space, music by Olga Neuwirth, commissioned by Ruhrtriennale 2001

Fondazione Mazzotta Milan 2001 – Composition VII – installation and modules for the exhibition “Wassily Kandinsky – Tradizione e astrazione in Russia 1896 – 1921” in cooperation with Gabriele Amadori

Moldavian State Opera, Chisinau 1995 – Requiem Per Il Teatro – Installation, performance of Verdi’s Requiem, concept, visual score and direction by Alexander Arotin

Stadthaus Ulm Art Centre (Germany) & MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna 1994 – The Happy Day Balance – kinetic iron installation for 2 performers 6x 6x 6m, based on “Happy Days” by Samuel Beckett

early works:

Hellbrunn Castle – Salzburg Festival 1993 – Light Space – Installation for subaquatic pontoons and 5 light scanners, and lasers with performance of “Don Perlimplin” by Federico Garcia Lorca, music Sergej Dreznin

Künstlerhaus Vienna 1991 – Light Space – installation, performance with text by Pier Paolo Pasolini, cooperation with Lena Ilgisionis

Filmstudio Dangl Vienna 1992 –  99,100,101 – installation, performance with texts by Werner Schwab

Light Piano – Vienna 1993–94 score for light, sound, construction, movement, 4 pianos, light piano installation & performance project with Scriabin’s Prometheus

Tristan Space – Vienna 1989 installation project based on Wagner’s Tristan

Don Giovanni – Vienna 1990, drawings & installation project based on Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Acte Sans Paroles – Vienna 1989 installation modell and performance based on “Acte Sans Paroles” by Samuel Beckett


  • W&K – Wienerroither & Kohlbacher: Arotin & Serghei, Metamorphosis.W&KEdition, Wien 2018, ISBN 978-3-200-05798-2(
  • D’Arienzo, Grazia, Rimediare lo spazio beckettiano. “Warten auf Godot” per Alexander Arotin, in «Arti dello Spettacolo/Performing Arts», anno III, n. 3, 2017, pp. 40–48, ISSN 2421-2679.
  • Gerfried Stocker / Christine Schöpf / Hannes Leopoldseder, Radical Atoms and the alchemists of our time, Ars Electronica2019, Hatje Cantz, pp. 22, 328, 382, ISBN 978-3-7757-4193-4.
  • Paula Watzl: Arotin & Serghei, Metamorphosis, Parnassart magazine, nr.1, 2018, pp. 140-141
  • Flore de Brantes: Arotin & Serghei, Katalog TEFAFMaastricht 2012
  • Bertrand Saint Vincent: Giverny en voit de toutes les couleurs, Le Figaro25.6.2019
  • Caroline Messensee: Arotin & Serghei, Infinite Time Machine, Guerlain/ Fiac2018, pp 10, cover
  • Benedikt Sarreiter: In den Schnittstellen, Arotin & Serghei, White Point,Du, Die Zeitschrift der Kultur, Nr 875, 2016 pp.75 –ISBN 978-3-90593173-0
  • Paulo Baratta / Ivan Fedele: Il suono della memoria, La Biennale di Venezia2015, 59. Festival Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea, pp. 6, 22-25
  • Hannes Leopoldseder / Gerfried Stocker / Christine Schöpf: …What it takes to change, Ars Electronica2014, Hatje Cantz, pp. 184-187, 262, ISBN 978-3-7757-3849-1.