Turns out, fashion’s biggest night out wasn’t all glitz and glamour and celebrities conveniently ignoring the thematic dress code. No, there was some real art there that night, and I’m not talking about what’s on display inside the Met. Russian performance artist Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich wedged himself, buck naked, inside a clear box, and with the help of assistants, delivered himself to the blue-and-white carpet. Art, everybody! Ain’t it grand?
Unfortunately, not everyone thought Pavlov-Andreevich’s antics were as amusing as I do, and he is now facing charges of “public lewdness, obstructing governmental administration, criminal trespassing, and disorderly conduct” following a 22-hour stay in prison. Also, the fire department had to cut him out of his box after he refused to (or, perhaps, physically could not) comply with police requests to leave the premises. Just in case it all sounds too good to be true, there’s a video of the whole thing, complete with the bewildered facial expressions of a lot of very well-dressed people.
According to artnet News, this is not the first, but rather the fifth time Pavlov-Andreevich has performed the stunt, with other iterations taking place during the Venice Biennale, the opening of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, the São Paulo Bienal opening, and a Christie’s/Vanity Fair party in London. Seems like dude has a thing for heckling the rich and famous, and frankly, I’m here for it.
“He arrived at the high scale events at the art institution in the transparent box carried by his friends, donating a piece to these institution,” said a representative for the artist via Facebook. “The following part of the performance is to see how the institution reacts to the passive harmless box with an artist inside. He is charged with obstructing governmental procedures and disorderly conduction. Even though the security and policeman who were interacting with him directly found it funny they did not stop them for bringing all the charges and treating him as a real criminal due to the top scale of the event and high alert situation in the country in general.”