Two activists in Germany’s Potsdam’s Barberini museum have covered Claude Monet’s ‘Les Meules’ painting in mash potatoes before gluing themselves to the floor.
Activists from the ‘Letzte Generation’ (Last Generation) climate activist group entered the museum on Sunday wearing high vis jackets before approaching the painting, which sold at auction for $110million in 2019.
The incident follows a string of similar demonstrations perpetrated by activist groups across Europe.
In London, two climate activists threw tomato soup over Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in the National Gallery.
‘We are asking society the same question as 2 women with #Tomatensuppe at London’s National Gallery last week: What is worth more, art or life?’ the climate activist group wrote on Twitter after the incident.
‘More and more people refuse to accept the destruction and endangerment of human beings, to accept life in silence.’
It is not immediately clear whether the Monet painting was damaged or if it is protected behind a glass casing.
The news comes as Just Stop Oil protesters blocked the famous Abbey Road crossing in the same pose as The Beatles as they block traffic in London in their latest climate stunt.
Members of the eco-mob walked onto the pedestrian crossing in north west London at 1pm today as they continue to cause chaos on the roads of the capital.
Video shows four protesters walking onto the crosswalk and performing the pose made famous by The Beatles on the cover of their Abbey Road album.
It is the 23rd consecutive day of protest by the group, which has caused chaos on the roads of London and South East England in recent weeks, as well as performing several high profile stunts.
Last week supporters of its cause blocked part of the Dartford Crossing, one of the busiest roads in the country for one-and-a-half days after climbing a bridge, while also blocking traffic in multiple London roads.
In mid October, Just Stop Oil climate activists filed themselves throwing tomato soup on a Van Gogh painting in the National Gallery in central London.
The pair were arrested for criminal damage and aggravated trespass, the Metropolitan Police said.
Anna Holland, 20, from Newcastle, and Phoebe Plummer, 21, from Lambeth, south-west, both pleaded not guilty to criminal damage to the frame of Van Gogh’s painting in a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in mid October.
Their set their trial for December 13 at City of London Magistrates’ Court.
Hours later, other rebellious eco-zealots from the campaign group launched a humiliating attack against the police, spraying orange paint over the New Scotland Yard HQ’s sign in Westminster, London – prompting officers to make 24 arrests.
Idiots!!!Didn’t their mommies and daddies not pay them brats enough attention when they were young??
In a week or so, I hope they realize that they can’t afford all the groceries they want and must go somewhat hungry. I hope they have a dermal reaction to Super Glue, too. And maybe they should get diarrhea while they’re at it.
Which is worth more, art or life? Why is that a necessary choice? I would rather ask, which is worth more, life dependent on fossil fuels at the moment, or life that may or may not exist without it? If we suddenly banned all fossil fuel use tomorrow, it is likely that millions will die, because over half of this nation would be without power, emergency vehicles could not respond to emergencies, and so on. So, whose lives are more important right now, before we have replacements for fossil fuel?
If they’re so worried about the hungry who cannot afford a tin of tomato soup or some mashed potatoes, why are they wasting these valuable things on paintings? The total hypocrisy of this is beyond understanding.