Another famous Van Gogh painting - "The Sower" - has been vandalized in Rome with vegetable soup by environmental activists. And here is the reaction from the exhibition organizers!
The new action by environmental activists from the "Ultima Generazione" movement took place on Friday 4 November at the Van Gogh exhibition in Rome.
The painting "The Sower", on display at Palazzo Bonaparte, was sprayed with vegetable soup, reports Ansa news agency.
Environmental Activists' New Victim - The Sower By Van Gogh
The Van Gogh painting was on display as part of the exhibition dedicated to the artist which houses the works of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo and was protected by glass.
Immediately after the environmental activists' action, the Italian police intervened and closed the exhibition halls. The activists, after throwing vegetable soup on the "The Sower" painting, glued themselves to the wall and shouted slogans against the use of coal and about climate change.
The action was carried out by four members of the environmental movement "Ultima Generazione", the Italian branch of the "Extinction Rebellion", which has already carried out similar protests in museums abroad.
According to BBC, the "Extinction Rebellion" group describes itself as an international "non-violent civil disobedience" movement and argues that life on Earth is in crisis and facing mass extinction.
"Extinction Rebellion" wants governments to declare a "climate and ecological emergency" and take immediate action.
The Activist Movement Is Spreading
The previous "victim" was the Johannes Vermeer Masterpiece "Girl with a Pearl Earring", which has been vandalized by climate activists with the "Just Stop Oil".
As DSF reported a few days ago, the images show one activist pouring a can of red substance over another protester who appeared to attempt to glue his head to the glass-protected painting. The second man stuck his hand to the panel holding the famous Vermeer artwork.
The incident took place at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague and was a protest against the cost of living crisis and the climate. Fortunately, the "Girl with a Pearl Earring" was protected by glass and was not damaged.
Earlier this month, several other activists vandalized iconic paintings, valued at tens of millions of dollars, to draw attention to the climate crisis.
They threw mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting in a German museum, and, in London, protesters threw soup over Vincent van Gogh’s "Sunflowers" in the National Gallery. However, the paintings were not damaged, as they were protected by glass.
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