Climate activists and environmentalists have started an absurd trend of vandalising world famous paintings to draw attention towards the climate crisis even as the COP27 climate summit is going on in Egypt. The latest protest was by two activists of a British climate group called Extinction Rebellion. Climate activists in several countries have been targeting famous, timeless artworks to draw attention to climate issues.
Here are some images from recent such incidents:
(Text: AFP)
An activist group named Just Stop Oil created a ruckus at the National Gallery in London by throwing tomato soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s priceless painting ‘Sunflowers’. 
In October 2022, members of a climate activist group named Last Generation glued themselves underneath the painting “Les Meules” by French artist Claude Monet after pouring mashed potatoes on the artwork at the Barberini Museum in Postdam, Germany. 
Two Belgian climate change activists targetted the world-famous painting ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ at a museum in The Hague, Netherlands. 
Environmental protesters glued themselves to the glass protecting Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera at an art gallery in Florence, Italy. The activists were from the climate activist group called Ultima Generazione (Last Generation) who said that the protest was the first in “a new season of actions” targeting museums. 
Two activists of a climate group named Extinction Rebellion glued their hands to the frames of the two paintings by the famous Spanish painter Francisco de Goya at the Prado Museum in Spain. They also scrawled ‘+1.5ºC’ on the wall which was a reference to the Paris agreement of capping warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The paintings were not damaged, and the graffiti was painted over immediately.
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