Liquid Capital (2018)

Alcohol, Dollar-bills pulp, glass, wood, galvanized steel.

15,5  x 6,5 x 3 cm

Unique (prototype)

Liquid Capital is a performative/participative installation dedicated to the works of Karl Marx. The public is invited to chew dollar bills and spit the pulp into a glass container after rinsing their mouths with vodka. The resulting blend will be distilled by the artist in the presence of the audience and bottled. The bottle edition 1/1 (prototype) can be acquired during the auction.


Liquid Capital is a continuation of “Das Kapital – Distillation”, the distillation of Marx’s book, which was shown at Playbour: art and immaterial labour, Karl Marx Memorial Library, London, 2015; Landmark/Bergen Kunsthall, 2016; Karl Marx Buchhandlung, Berlin 2016; and Moneylab #3, Amsterdam, 2016.

Dan Mihaltianu (born 1954 in Bucharest, based in Bucharest, Berlin, and Bergen) has studied art at the Institute of Fine Arts Bucharest (1975–1983). He was cofounder of subREAL (1990), editor/associate editor of Arta Magazine Bucharest (1990–1993 and 2011 to present), professor at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2001–2007), and artist/guest professor at Université du Québec à Montréal (2008– 2009). He practices a process oriented artistic discourse concerning historical, social, and transcultural aspects, involving a wide range of media and forms of representation (photography, film, video, installation, printmaking, object making, and writing).

Since the 1980s he has been exhibiting internationally at a range of venues and contexts, including: International Drawing Competition “Joan Miró”, Barcelona (1980, 1985), Impact Art Festival, Kyoto (1986, 1997, 1988), European Print Triennial, Grado (1987), Third Eye Centre, Glasgow (1990), Istanbul Biennial (1992), ifa-Galerie, Berlin (1993, 1996), La Biennale di Venezia (1993, 1989, 2001), Art in General, New York (1996), Museum of Contemporary Art – Ludwig Museum, Budapest (1997), Periferic, Iasi (1999, 2000), Museum of Modern Art, Skopje (2004), Renaissance Society, Chicago (2004), Tallinn Print Triennial (2004, 2014), Bergen Kunsthall (2005), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (2005, 2012), The Kitchen, New York (2006), Prague Biennale (2007), Rotor Gratz (2009), Nuit blanche, Toronto (2009), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2010), Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki (2011), Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo (2011), Renate Kammer, Hamburg (2011), Tallinn Art Hall (2012), SALT, Istanbul (2013), Plan B, Berlin (2013), MAGMA, Sf. Gheorghe (2014), Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin (2014, 2015), Vienna Biennale (2015), NR Projects, Berlin (2015), Vargas Museum, Manila (2016), Tranzit, Bratislava (2017), and National Portrait Gallery, London (2018).

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Read our interview with Dan here.