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Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Is In France As A Political Refugee, But He’s Burning Banks And Messing With Elections. What Is He Really Up To?

His various art “actions” (as he calls them), along with his apparently high pain threshold, have earned him international notoriety and a good deal of sympathy. Yet he seems to have squandered quite a bit of that sympathy in France, where his actions haven’t gone down so well. Valeria Costa-Kostritsky talks to associates and observers of Pavlensky in Russia and France and tries to unpack it all. – Apollo
Tags: Art, France, Russia, People, Pyotr Pavlensky, Pavlensky, 02.27.20, Valeria Costa Kostritsky


Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Arrested in Paris

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky is once again facing possible imprisonment over his recent stunt leaking a politician’s sex tape. “[Candidate Benjamin Griveaux] despises his constituents,” the artist says in a statement. “He was the only candidate to use his family to promote a political image. He told a big lie; he began his campaign with a big lie.” […]
Tags: Art, News, Paris, Art News, Minipost, Pyotr Pavlensky, Benjamin Griveaux


Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Wades in Parisian Mayoral Elections, Causing Candidate’s Resignation Over Explicit Video

Russian provocateur and artist Pyotr Pavlensky, whose prior stunts involved setting the doors of a Russian security organization aflame, has taken reportedly taken responsibility for interfering in the Parisian mayoral elections, leaking compromising sexually graphic videos of candidate Benjamin Griveaux online. “He is someone who is always playing up family values, who says he wants to be the mayor […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Pyotr Pavlensky, Benjamin Griveaux, Pyotr Pavlensky Wades


Scrotum-Nailing, Bank-Burning Artist Interferes With Paris Mayoral Campaign

Pyotr Pavlensky — who gained notoriety in Russia for sewing his lips shut in solidarity with Pussy Riot and nailing his scrotum to Red Square, and who, having received political asylum from the French government, proceeded to set fire to the Bank of France — obtained, posted online, and gave to the newspaper Libération sexting messages and images sent to a woman by President Macron’s former spokesman, who is — make that was — running for mayor of Paris. – Yahoo! (AP)
Tags: Art, Russia, People, Paris, Red Square, Macron, Pyotr Pavlensky, Libération, Bank of France, 02.14.20


Russian Artist Guilty of Setting Fire to French Bank, Released on Time Served

A French court has found the Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky guilty of setting fire to the facade of a state bank building in 2017, carrying a three-year sentence with two years suspended, that saw him released for time served. “The Bank de France at the site of the Bastille is a precedent of monstrous mockery of […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Pyotr Pavlensky, Bank de France


Artist Who Nailed His Scrotum To Red Square Faces Ten Years In Prison For Setting Fire To Bank Of France

Last October, Pyotr Pavlensky was arrested for starting a fire at the entrance to the Bank of France building in Paris — in what he calls an artwork titled Lighting. He was only released from pretrial detention last month, but prosecutors are demanding that he be returned to jail until trial (to begin in January) and are calling for a ten-year sentence. Meanwhile, FEMEN members supporting Pavlensky have been demonstrating outside the courthouse, their mouths taped shut and messages scrawled in b...
Tags: Art, People, Paris, Pyotr Pavlensky, Bank of France, Pavlensky, 10.17.18


Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Released from Detention in France

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky, known for his acts of transgressive protest, has been released from detention for charges of setting the doors of the central Banque de France building on fire. Pavlensky has performed similar acts of protest in Russia, which had a hand in his exile from his home country.  Read more at Artforum  
Tags: Art, News, France, Russia, Art News, Minipost, Pyotr Pavlensky, Banque de France, Pavlensky


Russian Performance Artist Sets Fire to Doors of Bank of France

Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky set fire to an entrance of Bank of France in Paris over the weekend, continuing a series of confrontational performances that have seen him imprisoned multiple times in Russia.  Pavlensky was quickly detained by French police. Read more at Art Newspape
Tags: Art, News, Russia, Paris, Art News, Minipost, Pyotr Pavlensky, Bank of France, Pavlensky


Artist Who Once Nailed Scrotum To Red Square Sets Fire To Bank Of France

"The Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky set fire to an entrance of Bank of France in Paris this weekend. The artist also condemned bankers as the new monarchs in his latest act of political performance art in France, the country that granted him political asylum in May. Pavlensky came to worldwide attention for his previous […]
Tags: Art, France, People, Paris, Pyotr Pavlensky, Bank of France, Pavlensky, 10.16.17


Russia's Most Notorious Protest Artist Granted Political Asylum In France

Pyotr Pavlensky - the man who sewed his lips shut in solidarity with Pussy Riot, nailed his scrotum to Red Square, and set fire to the headquarters of the successor to the KGB - fled Russia earlier this year following sexual assault charges that may or may not have been trumped up.
Tags: Art, France, Russia, People, KGB, Red Square, Pyotr Pavlensky, 05.08.17


Radical Russian artist in real-life drama over sexual assault claims

Allegations put protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky and political theatre group Teatr.doc at odds despite common causeAllegations of sexual assault have pitted Russia’s boldest political artist, Pyotr Pavlensky, against its boldest political theatre group, Teatr.doc, dividing public opinion this week. “The regime wants to remove Pavlensky,” read the headline of an opinion piece on the website of Snob magazine. “Pavlensky is no martyr,” read another on the same site. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Protest, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Culture, Pyotr Pavlensky


Is Rape Charge Against Moscow's Scrotum-Nailing Artist Actually Legit?

News broke yesterday that Pyotr Pavlensky, Russia's most notorious protest artist, had fled the country and sought political asylum in France due to allegations of sexual assault that he says are bogus and politically motivated. Rachel Donadio looks into the situation and finds that it's not at all so clear-cut.
Tags: Art, France, Russia, People, Moscow, Pyotr Pavlensky


Russian Dissident Artist Will Seek Asylum in France

The authorities in Russia questioned the performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky and his partner after an actress accused them of sexual assault.
Tags: Art, News, Putin, France, Russia, Asylum, Theater, Pyotr Pavlensky, Vladimir V, Pavlensky


Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Flees Russian After Sexual Assault Allegations

Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky has fled Russia following accusations of sexual assault that the artist deemed a “denunciation,” pointing to his recent works, including setting the doors of the FSB security service headquarters on fire, as cause for the accusations.  “A system of informing and reporting on others is re-emerging in Russia, showing that totalitarianism […]
Tags: Art, News, Russia, Fsb, Art News, Minipost, Pyotr Pavlensky


Artist Who Nailed His Scrotum To Red Square Flees Russia After Rape Charge, Seeks Asylum

Pyotr Pavlensky - the protest artist who not only fastened his junk to the pavement in front of the Kremlin but also physically sewed his lips together while Pussy Riot was in prison and set fire to the front door of Russia's secret service headquarters - has fled to France with his wife and children after an accusation of sexual assault (which he says was trumped up) and a seven-hour interrogation at Moscow's airport.
Tags: Art, France, Russia, People, Moscow, Pussy Riot, Kremlin, Pyotr Pavlensky


Russia’s Most Outrageous Performance (And That’s Saying Something) Gets A Burger King Menu

Pyotr Pavlensky – the man who literally sewed his lips shut to protest the Pussy Riot trial, nailed his scrotum to Red Square, and set fire to the headquarters of Russia’s secret service as an art project – is being honored by the St. Petersburg branch of the fast food chain with a series of […]
Tags: Art, Russia, People, St Petersburg, Red Square, Pyotr Pavlensky


Controversial Russian Artist Stripped Of Human Rights Award After They Found Out What He Wanted To Do With The Money

The Human Rights Foundation withdrew the Vaclav Havel Prize from Pyotr Pavlensky – the man who nailed his scrotum to Red Square, tried to burn down the headquarters of the successor agency to the KGB and call it “art,” and saw Russia’s top art prize cancelled after he was nominated for it – because he […]
Tags: Art, Russia, People, Václav Havel, KGB, Red Square, Human Rights Foundation, Pyotr Pavlensky


Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Walks Free

Pyotr Pavlensky, the Russian artist who set fire to the doors of Russia’s Federal Security Service headquarters, has walked free, subject only to a fine for the damage, which he refuses to pay.“It does not matter how the trial ended,” he said. “What is important is that we were able to unmask, uncover the truth: the […]
Tags: Art, News, Russia, Art News, Minipost, Federal Security Service, Pyotr Pavlensky


Russian artist Petr Pavlensky: 'I saw the machine from the inside'

Jailed for setting fire to Moscow’s security HQ, performer says he’ll continue ‘testing the limits’ of political art. RFE/RL reportsControversial Russian political artist Pyotr Pavlensky was released this week after spending seven months in prison for setting fire to the door of the Federal Security Service in Moscow.He was convicted of damaging a cultural monument but, contrary to fears that he would be given a harsh jail term, was sentenced with a fine of about £5,500. As the judge finished re...
Tags: Art, Europe, Russia, World news, Culture, Art and design, Moscow, Performance art, HQ, Federal Security Service, Pyotr Pavlensky, Petr Pavlensky


Artist Pyotr Pavlensky’s Ribs Broken in Russian Jail

Artist Pyotr Pavlensky, held for setting the doors to Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation ablaze, has reportedly had his ribs broken by a guard at the prison where he is being kept.  “Every breath gives me pain,” Pavlensky wrote in a letter.  Read more at Artforum
Tags: Art, News, Russian Federation, Art News, Minipost, Federal Security Service, Pyotr Pavlensky, Pavlensky



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