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Arts and culture: The week's most stunning pictures

  • Bear necessities

    French artist Abraham Poincheval is currently inhabiting a bear at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris. Armed with a kettle, a torch and a power socket, Poincheval will live inside the hollowed-out carcass until 14 April – hidden from the public. A live feed is monitoring his activities 24 hours a day. (Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature)

  • Rose-tinted view

    Irish photographer Richard Mosse uses discontinued military surveillance film to shoot images in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as part of a project called The Enclave. Registering infrared light not visible to the naked eye, the film renders the jungle warzone in psychedelic hues. Mosse is a finalist in the 2014 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for the work, which was shown at the 2013 Venice Biennale and features in an exhibition accompanying the prize at London’s Photographers’ Gallery from today. (Richard Mosse)

  • Saintly strut

    Brazilian designer Alessa Migani makes her way down the runway at the end of her summer 2015 collection during the Fashion Rio show in Rio de Janeiro. The clothes featured prints of angels, with the theme of ‘Baroque’. Previous shows have included a collection inspired by cleaning products, dedicated to ‘the Housewives Syndicate’, and one printing images of china dishes and crystal glasses on to silk and organza dresses. (Reuters/Pilar Olivares)

  • Towering win

    The Smithsonian announced the winners of its 11th annual photo contest this week. Dina Bova is one of ten finalists in the ‘Altered Images’ category. “Babylon - Made in Italy is inspired by the story of the Babylon tower, the painting by Pieter Bruegel and by a trip to the beautiful Cinque Terre in Italy," says Bova. (Dina Bova)

  • Silver lining

    Dutch designer Richard Hutten has launched a multicoloured chair made from 545 stacked layers of fabric at Milan Design Week. Based on an earlier version of Hutten’s aluminium Cloud chair, it was assembled by hand and references the layered rock pigments found in the Painted Desert, Arizona. "I wanted the design to be about the textile," said Hutten. "Rather than using the material as a cover, I created an object with the material." (Richard Hutten)

  • Hot to trot

    Andy Scott’s 30m-high horse heads are lit up for the first time, ahead of their launch on 17 April. The Kelpies, two towering statues that cost £5m ($8.4m), stand next to a new extension to the Forth & Clyde Canal in Scotland. Named after supernatural figures in Celtic folklore, they were inspired by the working horses that pulled barges along the canal. (Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

  • In the pink

    Students at the Geneva University of Art and Design created an installation called ‘Conversation Pieces’ for Milan Design Week. With surreal settings including a cloud-like bedroom and a panic room featuring warped mirrors, it has more in common with scenes from a sci-fi movie than show interiors. (Head/Dylan Perrenoud)

  • Plastic fantastic

    Playmobil characters are on display at the Toy Museum in Nuremberg, Germany, as part of a new exhibition dedicated to the figures, which have been made in the area since 1974. The World in a Game: 40 Years of Playmobil looks at how the toys have changed over the past four decades. (AFP PHOTO / DPA / Daniel Karmann/ Getty Images)