LONDON – Climate protesters across Europe For months, they have been sticking to the frames of famous paintings In a series of attention-grabbing stunts.
In Britain, activists have associated with about half a dozen masterpieces including John Constable’s “The Hay Wain”. In Germany, protesters stuck to it Including Robbins’ Massacre of the Innocents, which was hung in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich. In Italy, he works at Uffizi in Florenceand and in Vatican Museums been targeted.
Now, protesters in London have found a new way to focus attention on their cause: throwing cans of tomato soup at a masterpiece.
Just at 11 a.m. on Friday, two members of Just stop the oil, a group seeking to stop Britain’s oil and gas extraction, entered Room 43 of the National Gallery in London, opened two cans of Heinz cream of tomato soup, and threw them into Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”, one of the treasures of the Museum’s collection. It is one of six surviving photographs of sunflowers made by Van Gogh in 1888 and 1889.
As the bright orange liquid ran down the glass that was protecting the painting, the couple smeared their hands with glue and glued themselves to the wall below the work. in videos The incident was posted online, visitors to the exhibition can be heard saying “Oh my God!” advocating for security; An activist gives a speech asking visitors if they are “more interested in protecting a painting, or protecting our planet and people?”
Within minutes, the stunt attracted worldwide attention, and many social media users expressed concern about the state of the painting. However, the National Gallery said in an email statement that work was unharmed apart from “some minor frame damage.” The statement added that the activists were arrested.
Mel Carrington, a spokeswoman for Just Stop Oil, said in a phone interview that the group’s intent was to generate publicity and debate about the climate crisis and the actions needed to stop it.
She said Van Gogh’s “sunflower” had nothing to do with climate change. It was just an “iconic palette of an iconic painter” and the attack on it would make headlines. But Carrington said the choice of soup was more symbolic: In Britain, many homeowners were struggling to pay fuel and food bills due to high inflation, and some couldn’t even heat a can of soup. She added that the government should help ordinary people deal with the “cost of living crisis”, rather than enabling the extraction of fossil fuels.
Carrington said activists had previously verified that the work was glazed, so splattering the soup wouldn’t cause any damage and could simply be wiped away. “Just stop the oil,” she added. Plan more measures.