Three activists throw vegetable soup at the Van Gogh exhibition “The Farmer” on display in Rome

A new attack on a work of art. Three environmental activists threw vegetable soup on Friday “The Sower at Sunset”From Vincent van Gogh, currently on display at the Palais Bonaparte in Rome. The action, carried out by Ultima Generazione, the Italian branch of the well-known Extinction Rebellion group, triggered Rejection and condemnation By visitors who were at that time in the Roman Museum.

“It can’t be … They have also arrived here. Why don’t they end it once and for all with this story? ”, in one of the videos seen about the attack. Some visitors are even trying to persuade the activists, three young women, to end their protest.

“We are in a historical moment when a prolonged drought is destroying our crops. This means that there will be no more food in our homes, it is already scarce” an activist replied. “You are angry because we have polluted the glass that will be cleaned tomorrow. But we are talking about war, death, hunger & rdquoor;She continues, interrupted again and again by shouts of “Enough! Enough!”.

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The room in which the painting was displayed was closed and those present in it at the time were evacuated. Soon after, the Italian Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiulianocondemned the events, saying that “an attack on art is a despicable act that should be strongly condemned”. “Culture, which is the basis of our identity, must be defended, protected, and certainly not used as a megaphone for other forms of protest,” Sangiuliano said.

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The minister considered it, too Art is a victim of climate change Thus, the activists’ gesture “cannot serve as a legitimate expression of protest.” For their part, the exhibition organizers said They did not immediately report the potential damage to the business – usually run by the Kroller-Müller Museum – although the canvas is protected by glass.

Around The thousandth attack on a work of art After other activists last month dumped tomato soup on Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery, a similar fate also suffered from Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece, “The Girl with a Pearl Earring,” a painting that was in the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague.And the and “haystacks” by Claude Monet, It was displayed at the time of the events at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, Germany.

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