“Abraham Poincheval”

Abraham Poincheval on display at the Palais de Tokyo, in Paris

During the Nuit Blanche 2016 in Paris, performance artist Abraham Poincheval stayed perched on a lookout post twenty metres above the ground. While the artist has previously made an impression with a few curious initiatives, the Palais de Tokyo will be welcoming him in its spaces for a retrospective from February 2017 onwards. In 2013, Abraham Poincheval stayed inside a bear’s skin for twelve days — at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris. In 2015 and this year, he has spent several weeks inside a bottle, floating up the Rhône. This retrospective exhibition, to be launched on 3 February 2017, will be an opportunity to (re)discover his original experiments through a presentation of his preparatory works, and also to (re)see the structures in which he inhabited, such as the bear-skin...

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Artist does 13-day performance with just the bear necessities

Paris, 8 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). A French artist is inhabiting the inside of a bear carcass in a two-week-long performance piece at Paris’s Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature. Abraham Poincheval is performing “Dans la peau de l’ours” (In the skin of the bear), in which he occupies a space measuring 1.6m x 1.2m x 2.6m. The bear has been specially designed in skin and fur from a Canadian black bear, and took three months to create. Eating, sleeping and relieving himself inside the animal for thirteen days, Poincheval is to be forced to confront issues of humanity, in a work which sees him “become” the animal. The artist, born in 1972 in Alençon, is no stranger to performance installations that test his physical limits: in 2012 in Marseille he shut himself in a 60cm x 160m hole in the ground for seven days, and in 2013, embarked on another week-long burial underneath the city hall in Tours. As well as the essentials for Poincheval to survive for 13 days, the bear is also equipped with a camera, which is broadcasting a live stream of the performance via the museum’s...

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French artist walls himself in for seven days

Marseilles, 25 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). Abraham Poincheval, an artist accustomed to surprising artistic performances, walled himself in the underpinning of the bookshop/gallery Histoire d’un jour. Abraham Poincheval will then spend 604,800 seconds, title of the performance, walled in a hole covered with a huge stone, with no light and his books as only company. He brought in this 62 cm large and 1.7 m deep capsule a front light, some water and freeze-dried food, a camera, but also and above all books selected by the booksellers, including Colum McCann’s This Side of Brightness and Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. The artist is being permanently filmed, the bookshop clients can watch him, and even talk to him. In this hermit cave, cosmonaut capsule, motherly womb, as he calls it, the artist can hardly move. He can neither stand nor sit: the experience will surely prove as a challenge. The performance is part of the HO lab, a contest organised by the bookshop for the fifth time, allowing contemporary artist to addapt the place. Abraham Poincheval, as soon as this performance ends, will go and “walk on the canopy cloud”, hanged by a cable on an helicopter. This should not frighten the man who went across France, from Nantes to Metz, following a right line thanks to a compass, uncaring of barriers and obstacles, as the France Press Agency...

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