French artist to spend week in a prehistoric sculpture

Abraham Poincheval inside of his work Lion Man
Abraham Poincheval inside of his work Lion Man AFP

French performance artist Abraham Poincheval on Sunday stepped inside an enlarged reproduction of a paleolithic carving of a lionman where he will spend the next week. Last year Poincheval grabbed international media attention by shutting himself inside a rock in a Paris exhibition space.


With his two children watching, Poincheval shut himself inside the 3.20 metre-high carving in the garden of the Aurignac museum in south-west France.

The museum specialises in prehistory and the original work, carved from a mammoth's tusk, is the oldest anthropomorphic sculpture known today, according to its director, Joëlle Arches.

It was created by some of the first homo sapiens to live in Europe.

"This lion is a sort of mirror for the men who lived 30,000 years ago," the 45-year-old artist said.

Poincheval enters the lion-man

Poincheval's previous "journeys in capsules" include:

  • A week inside a rock at Paris's Palais de Tokyo in 2017;

  • A week in a hole under rock weighing one tonne, also in 2017;

  • A week on a suspended platform near Paris's Gare de Lyon station in 2016;

  • Two weeks inside a stuffed bear in 2015;

  • A trip up the River Rhône in a six-metre-long bottle in 2015.

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