22 September 2022


Russian Artist Pyotr Pavlensky London Exhibition  – Queen Elizabeth II Fourth Plinth Takeover – Sex Pistols Sotheby’s Auction

Russian Art Activist Pyotr Pavlensky London Exhibition  – Queen Elizabeth II Fourth Plinth Takeover – Sex Pistols Sotheby’s Auction

20 February 2020


Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Charged With Invasion of Privacy In France 

The Russian dissident Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, 35, is to face invasion of privacy charges after leaking a graphic sex tape of Parisian mayoral candidate Benjamin Griveaux. The politician is a member of French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party La République En Marche.

14 January 2019


Is Pyotr Pavlensky Just An Attention Seeking Muppet

In the aftermath of sentencing the exiled Russian artist Petr (AKA Pyotr) Pavlensky on Thursday, I ask myself why is he doing this? Is it for art? Or should we categorise him as an attention-seeking spoilt brat? Pavlensky was on trial for setting fire to the facade of a French central bank building, a performance […]

15 November 2017


Pussy Riot and Pyotr Pavlensky Join Forces For Saatchi Gallery Exhibition

Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism, is a new exhibition dedicated to Post-Soviet Union protest art over the past 25 years. This is a world premiere for protest artists Pussy Riot and Pyotr Pavlensky. Alongside this exhibition, award-winning theatre group Les Enfant Terribles will present Inside Pussy Riot, a groundbreaking immersive theatre experience including performances by founding Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

9 June 2016


Moscow Scrotum Artist Receives Suspended Sentence For Burning Ex-KGB Doors

A Moscow court, yesterday released the performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky who has spent seven months in jail for burning the front entrance to the Moscow headquarters of the FSB security services, the dreaded successor to the feared Soviet-era KGB.  The court instead handed out a hefty fine, in a rare show of leniency by the authorities. The judge ordered the artist […]

21 February 2016


Pyotr Pavlensky Banned From Competition For Russia’s Top Art Prize

The Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky best known for nailing his scrotum to Red Square and sewing up his lips, in protest to government censorship, has been banned from the competition for Russia’s top art prize, the ‘Innovatsiya’ (Innovation). This has prompted criticism of censorship from the art community and  several resignations from the selection committee and curators has followed. […]

4 December 2015


Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Detention Upheld After Rejecting Bail In Moscow

The detention of the conceptual artist Pyotr Pavlensky, best known for nailing his scrotum to Red Square has been upheld. 31 year old Pavlensky has been charged with vandalism after he set alight  the entrance to Russia’s security service headquarters,(the former KGB) on 9 November. He was lawful in rejecting a petition by his lawyer Olga Chavdar that he be released […]

4 December 2015


Russia Upholds Performance Artist’s Incarceration After Burning FSB HQ Doors

A Russian court has ruled against releasing the radical artist Pyotr Pavlensky from prison, while the artist awaits trial over the torching of the doors of FSB security service headquarters. Moscow City Court upheld the decision by a district court to jail Pavlensky during the investigation into his political protest last month, RIA Novosti news […]

22 October 2014


Russian Performance Artist Cuts Off Earlobe As Political Protest

The extreme performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky created a storm in Russia last November by nailing his scrotum to the cobblestones of Moscow’s Red Square, he did this to denounce the political indifference of modern Russian society – the artist is at it again this time however Pavlensky has now cut off his earlobe to protest […]

15 November 2013


Russian Scrotum Artist Pyotr Pavlensky To Be Charged With Hooliganism

Pyotr Pavlensky, the performance artist who stripped naked and nailed his scrotum to the cobble paving in Red Square, may face up to five years in prison. A Russian report stated that the 29-year-old artist now faces the charge of hooliganism, the same charge as art/punk band Pussy Riot and the Greenpeace activists whose ship […]

11 November 2013


Artist Nails Scrotum To Red Square In Protest Of Russian Police State

Pyotr Pavlensky, 29, a performance artist has been arrested in Moscow after stripping naked and driving a nail through his scrotum into the cobblestone paving,  outside the Lenin Mausoleum, in Red Square. The artist is known for sewing his mouth shut, in protest of the incarcerated Punk/art band Pussy Riot. He sat for an hour […]