After Van Gogh, Climate Activists from Germany Vandalize Monet’s Art

Two German protesters throw mashed potatoes at Monet’s painting before gluing themselves to the wall at Museum Barberini in Potsdam. 

German climate protesters glue themselves to the wall after vandalizing Monet’s painting / Credit: Letzte Generation

In the past few months, climate activists are performing attention grabbing stunts by vandalizing art pieces all across Europe.

A similar stunt was performed in the city of Potsdam, Germany this Sunday. 

Climate activists vandalized an expensive art piece of Claude Monet by hurling cans of mashed potatoes on the painting

The activists wore orange high-vis vests and glued themselves to the wall after throwing mashed potatoes at Monet’s ‘Les Meules’. The German climate group ‘Letzte Generation’ (Last Generation) took credit for the stunt. 

This incident follows a similar sting of events all across Europe. A week ago, climate protesters vandalized Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ painting by throwing tomato soup on it which took place at London’s National Gallery. 

The painting is reportedly worth over £96,000,000. The vandalized painting ‘Les Meules’ is one of Monet’s finest works.

The authorities of the Museum revealed that the painting is unharmed and are currently investigating the protesters. 

The Museum’s director, Ortrud Westheider stated that she empathized with the protesters’ concerns, but the means with which they are attracting attention is shocking.

The ‘initiator’ of the stunt, Last Generation in a tweet said “If it takes a painting with #MashedPotatoes or #TomatoSoup thrown at it to make society remember that the fossil fuel course is killing us all: Then we’ll give you #MashedPotatoes on a painting!”

Artworks at Threat

Climate activists have found a new way of turning eyeballs to them. Art galleries have become popular venues to turn eyeballs. Many masterpieces like Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’, Claude Monet’s ‘Les Meules’ have already been vandalized by the protesters.

Today, many artworks are at threat of vandalization. Attention grabbing stunts like these are a pain to deal with. The museum hosting these masterpieces has to be more careful from today. 

What do you think of this vandalization?