Climate Protestors hurl mashed potatoes at $110M painting

Climate protestors hurl mashed potatoes at $110 million Monet painting. 

In yet another food-related protest, climate activists chucked mashed potatoes at a US$110.7-million Claude Monet painting in a German museum on Sunday.

Monet’s Les Meules (Haystacks) at Museum Barberini in Potsdam was the target of the protest by the group Letzte Generation (Last Generation), for a call of greater environmental protection and the halting of fossil fuels.

This happened only nine days after activists from Just Stop Oil splashed tomato soup over Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers in London, England.


Protestors pelting Monet painting with mashed potatoes at Museum Barberini in Potsdam

“People are starving, people are freezing, people are dying,” said Mirjam Herrmann in German. “We are in a climate catastrophe, and all you are afraid of is tomato soup or mashed potatoes on a painting. You know what I’m afraid of? I’m afraid because science tells us that we won’t be able to feed our families by 2050. This painting is not going to be worth anything if we have to fight over food,” she said.

Museum Barberini stated that since the painting was encased in glass it was unharmed by the protest. The art was only temporarily taken out of the gallery, and it will be back out on display on Wednesday.

This — and the tomato soup splashed at van Gogh’s Sunflowers — are not the only occurrence of art being used to stage an environmental protest.

Just Stop Oil activists glued themselves to John Constable’s painting The Hay Wain at the National Gallery back in July. They also covered the painting from 1821 with a barren reimagining of the landscape.

Protesters at Just Stop Oil have also glued themselves to multiple other paintings this year, including van Gogh’s Peach Trees in BlossomThomson’s Aeolian Harp by JMW Turner and a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

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