Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting covered in soup by activists

Two protesters were also glued to the gallery wall.

LONDON, UK – Editor’s Note: The video above is from a similar climate-related protest in May 2022 when activists applied cream to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa painting.

Climate protesters threw soup over Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” in the National Gallery in London on Friday to protest fossil fuel extraction, but caused no significant damage. for the painting covered with glass.

The group Just Stop Oil, which wants the UK government to halt new oil and gas projects, said activists poured two cans of tomato soup over the oil painting, one of the artist’s most iconic works. Lan. Two protesters were also glued to the gallery wall.

The soup splashed all over the glass that covered the painting and its gilded frame. The gallery said “there was some minor damage to the frame but the painting was unharmed.” The work is one of many versions of “Sunflowers” that Van Gogh painted in the late 1880s.

London’s Metropolitan Police said officers had arrested two people on suspicion of criminal damage and aggravated trespassing.

The force said in a statement: “Special forces officers have now removed them and they have been taken into custody to central London police station.

Just Stop Oil has attracted attention and criticism, for its targeting of artworks in museums. In July, Just Stop Oil activists glued their eyes to the frames of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” at the Royal Academy of Arts London and John Constable’s “The Hay Wain” in the Gallery. Nation.

Activists have also blocked bridges and intersections across London during two weeks of protests.

The wave of protests comes as the British government opens a new round of licensing for oil and gas exploration in the North Sea, despite criticism from environmentalists and scientists, who say the move makes undermine the country’s commitment to combating climate change.

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Edmund DeMarche

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