Environmentalists carried out three attacks on works of art on Friday the 18th, following a series started months ago by a group called Last Generation, to protest climate change. Actions took place in Milan, Paris and Oslo, the capital of Norway.
The first of the group’s three actions was to flour a car painted by Andy Warhol, on display at an exhibition in Milan, Italy. Activists threw about eight kilos of flour over the vehicle. Some, stuck to car windows. “There will be no more food or water, there is an ecological collapse underway!” shouted one of them before he could be controlled by the guards in the room.
Several were dragged away from the scene, as can be seen in the video that went viral on social media.
Climate change activists threw orange paint on Charles Ray’s ‘Horse and Rider’ statue in Paris. In Milan, activists threw flour over a sports car painted by the US pop artist Andy Warhol pic.twitter.com/11tZymK7px
Hours later, in Paris, another group of young militants from the same movement painted orange a sculpture by Charles Ray, Horse and Rider, located in the public space of the Paris Stock Exchange, which houses the collection of billionaire François Pinault.
♻️ VIDEO: Environmental activists dumped orange paint over an outdoor sculpture by the American artist Charles Ray in front of the Bourse de Commerce contemporary art museum, which houses part of the collection of French fashion billionaire Francois Pinault. pic.twitter.com/v26ghH9fIp
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) November 19, 2022
The third act of vandalism on Friday was in the Norwegian capital: sculptures from the vigeland in Oslo were attacked, also with orange paint.
I can’t get behind this continued throwing of orange paint on works of art. Do they not realize the amount of petrolium in their clothing & shoes and the products that will be used now to clean up this mess? Protest at oil-related sights, not museums. #Vigeland https://t.co/gVlyzAdNtj
— Tracy 💜 ☮️📸 ✍🏼🏠🇮🇪 ❤️🇳🇴 (@AddressingLife) November 19, 2022
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