The activists jumped the hoop protecting the work and completely covered the American artist’s car
group of at least Four environmental activists Covered this friday with 8 kilograms of flour car built by the American artist Andy Warholwhich is displayed in an art center in Milan (Northern Italy).
The action, the latest in a series of protests that has put museums around the world on alert, began at 11:00 a.m. at the Fabbrica del Vapore di Milano, an exhibition center hosting a retrospective on the ‘pop-art’ icon titled ” Andy Warhol: La Publica della Forma.
activists They jumped over the cordon protecting the work and threw the sacks of flour until they covered the whole car Designed by Warhol, while chanting such as “This needs addressing” and “It’s a matter of public interest,” as evidenced by a video released by the art newspaper Artribune. “There will be no food or water, there is an environmental collapse underway,” one of the messages echoed by the activists before security men brought them down.
Otto chili di farina gettati sulla macchina di Andy # Warhol: è l’ultima azione di un grouppo di cittadine e cittadini a suporto della campaign Ultima Generazione, a Milano per lanciare l’allarme sul collasso climatico @tweet # november 18 pic.twitter.com/0XuyVl09QC
– Tgr Rai (TgrRai) November 18, 2022
Part of those responsible for the attack Ultima Generazione Collective, Italian division of Extinctction Rebellion, an international group that promotes civil disobedience to draw attention to the climate crisis. Minutes before the protest, one of its members posted a video on social networks explaining the reasons for the action: “I am afraid and feel a moral obligation to do something. There is an environmental and climate breakdown under way, and our governments have not faced it in the last 30 years and I no longer know what to do.” I’m doing it to draw attention to what will be a disaster for the whole of society.”
Two weeks earlier, other members of the same group had thrown vegetable puree at The Sower, a work by Vincent van Gogh in 1888 that was shown in an exhibition dedicated to the Dutch genius at Palazzo Bonaparte in Rome.
The wave of attacks on artwork to draw attention to the climate crisis is not unique to Italy. A few weeks ago, three people were arrested and shot in the Netherlands Ketchup near the famous painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring”by Johannes Vermeer, at the Mauritsches Museum in The Hague.
A few days ago, two people threw up Mashed potatoes against a Claude Monet painting Exhibited at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, near Berlin, and on the same dates are two actives Tires stuck in “Las Magas” in Joya In the Prado Museum in Madrid.
The first such action occurred in October, when members of Just Stop Oil poured tomato soup over Van Gogh’s painting “Sunflowers” in London’s National Gallery museum.