Some environmentalists of the “Last Generation” have smeared today, in Rome, with a pea soup, the work The sower from Vincent Van Gogh. The painting, protected by a glass, is exhibited at Palazzo Bonaparte as part of the exhibition dedicated to the artist which houses the works of the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo.
In Rome, three “last generation” activists threw a pea soup against a Van Gogh canvas on display at Palazzo Bonaparte
Immediately after the action of the “Last Generation” activists, the security intervened and immediately closed the exhibition halls, removing visitors. Activists, after throwing the vegetable puree on Van Gogh’s work, stuck to the wall and shouted slogans against the use of coal and climate change.
“Pea soup on Van Gogh’s fields: the patch of climate collapse that obscures the image of a happy future”, commented “Ultima Generazione”. “Everything that we have the right to see in our present and in our future is being obscured by a real and imminent catastrophe – said the activists -, just as this pea soup covered work in the fields, a symbol of food security; the farmer’s house, a figure of the right to live permanently, without the need to migrate due to drought or floods; the light emitted throughout the scene by the Sun, therefore the clean and abundant energy we have, crucial for implementing a just ecological transition “.
According to activists, who in recent days had blocked traffic along the Grande Raccordo Anulare, the action carried out today in Rome “is not vandalism, but a desperate cry of fear, justified by the alarms raised by science for decades”.
“The painting, protected by a glass, as was the intention of the citizens, has not reported any damage. Not violent vandalism, but the manifestation of a deep love for life and art, which can only be protected through serious and timely intervention by Governments “..
Sangiuliano: “Attacking art is an ignoble act that must be strongly condemned”
“Attacking art is an ignoble act that must be strongly condemned” commented the Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano. “Culture – added the representative of the Executive -, which is the basis of our identity, must be defended and protected, certainly not used as a megaphone for other forms of protest”.CopyAMP code
“Moreover – said Sangiuliano – our cultural heritage must be protected from the consequences of climate change. This umpteenth gesture cannot therefore pass as a legitimate expression of protest. It is right today to remember that crimes against cultural heritage are severely punished and that the perpetrators are punishable by law “
“The Sower at Sunset”, targeted by the environmentalists of the “Last Generation”, is an oil on canvas that Van Gogh painted in June 1888 in Arles, during his stay in Provence. The work is currently kept at the Kroller-Muller Museum in Otterlo, from which come the 50 masterpieces that will be on display at Palazzo Bonaparte in Rome until March 26, 2023.