Giant penis wins Russian art prize

2011-04-08 13:13
Saint Petersburg - Radical Russian art group Voina, whose members have spent time in jail for some of their stunts, won a major art prize for painting a phallus on a bridge in Saint Petersburg, organisers said on Friday.

Voina won in the Best visual artwork nomination, one of five in the annual contest Innovation organised by Moscow's National Centre for Contemporary Arts, a representative of the centre confirmed to AFP by phone.

The group will be awarded $14 000 for the winning art piece, entitled "A cock captured by the FSB", a performance art piece by Voina last July. It is not clear if they will accept the cash prize.

They painted an enormous phallus on Liteiny Bridge, a draw bridge that is one of Saint Petersburg's attractions, just before it was raised in full view of the nearby headquarters of the FSB security service.


The artists skipped the award ceremony on Thursday evening. "There is nothing to brag about, for us it's secondary," Leonid Nikolayev, one of the organisers of the bridge stunt, told AFP in an e-mail.

Nikolayev along with another Voina member Oleg Vorotnikov spent three months in pre-trial detention earlier this year for another stunt that involved tipping police cars with officers sleeping inside.

They were released after British street artist Banksy contributed $21 000 to cover their bail. The artists still face seven years in prison for "hooliganism".

The National Centre for Contemporary Arts was established by the Russian Ministry of Culture in 1994 to support contemporary artists. The jury included art critics, curators, and museum workers.


  • Francois - 2011-04-08 13:37

    So, size does count...hehehe

  • yttocs69 - 2011-04-08 13:38

    What a prick....LOL

  • TOMCAT1 - 2011-04-08 13:49


  • 123online123 - 2011-04-08 13:53

    And that bridge is quite important in St Petersburg... many of my colleagues have been caught on the wrong side after it is pulled up at night and are then unable to get back till morning. Fond memories! Strange to get an award for such a bad depiction though - I was at least expecting it to be well-drawn... and I'm not referring to the bridge! Ha ha ha!

  • Baas-Julius - 2011-04-08 13:55

    Did they paint a picture of Malema?

      Paul Mandla Nkosi - 2011-04-08 14:16

      You are really obsessed with Malema, are you gay?

      Al - 2011-04-08 15:11

      Oh, so Paul Mandla Nkosi, where does the gay comment come from? Or are you a closet case? Now to mention it talking about c@ckups, Malema does come to mind....

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-08 13:56

    A Prized Pr!ck....

  • Boodaleh - 2011-04-08 14:08

    I thought the fools day was only on the first day of April

  • 50something - 2011-04-08 14:10

    I don't want to see the worst submission then. Is this is really art!?

  • Patriot - 2011-04-08 14:11

    Must have faced some stiff competition. Lol.

  • jowza - 2011-04-08 14:24


      jowza - 2011-04-08 14:25

      only we dont call it art.we call it ancyl

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