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A Naked Man Crashed the Met Gala in a Clear Box

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Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich at the 2017 Met Gala.

Brazilian visual artist Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich arrived at the Met in a clear box.

There were a few head-scratching moments at Monday's Met Gala, but none quite as bewildering as a naked man who showed up in a box.

A Brazilian visual artist named Fyodor Pavlov-Andreevich tried to crash this year's event, arriving without any clothes in a clear fiberglass case. Based on a video by New York-based filmmaker Lavoisier Clemente, which has been posted online, Pavlov-Andreevich is driven to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and dropped off at the entrance by two men.

Pavlov-Andreevich doesn't get far, of course, as a group of security guards seen in the video are instructed to cover the box with a white sheet and to remove him from the premises.

According to NBC New York, police officers demanded that the 6-foot-2 man get out of the box, but he refused, causing firefighters to cut open the case. Pavlov-Andreevich was then arrested. NBC reports that the artist is facing charges of public lewdness, obstructing governmental administration, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Pavlov-Andreevich's latest stunt is apparently part of what he calls his Foundling series, a performance act he's attempted at a Christie's Vanity Fair party in London in 2015 and Sao Paulo Bienal in 2016. 

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