The Sower, a work from 1888 depicting a peasant sowing his field, with a huge sun in the background, is on display at the Palazzo Bonaparte in Rome
Environmental activists surrounded a painting of his with soup Van Goghwhich was protected by glass, an action that was immediately condemned by its Ministry of Culture Italy.
The Sower, a work from 1888 depicting a peasant sowing his field, with a huge sun in the background, is on display at the Palazzo Bonaparte in Rome as part of an exhibition dedicated to the 19th-century Dutch painter. The painting was not damaged.
“Attack on art is an abhorrent act that is categorically condemned. Culture, which is the basis of our identity, must be protected and certainly not used as a mouthpiece for other forms of protest,” Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano said in a statement.
According to the climate advocacy group “Last Generation”, this action was “a cry of despair” that cannot be equated with vandalism. The group warned that “non-violent actions” would continue “until citizens receive answers from their governments to their demand to stop using natural gas and coal” and invest in renewable energy.
In a video taken at the exhibition site, two young women can be seen pouring a liquid towards the painting. A third then joins them and they all stick their hands to the wall while the visitors to the exhibition boo them.
Earlier this month, two “Last Generation” activists threw mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting at the Barberini museum in Potsdam, Germany. Other environmental activists stuck to the glass that protects Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” at a museum in Netherlands and some threw soup at Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting at the National Gallery in London.
“The Sower” is one of 50 works by Van Gogh loaned by the Dutch Kreller Miller Museum in Italy for this exhibition that opened to the public on October 8 in Rome.
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