Anti-fossil fuel Activists Throw Soup On Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ Painting To Protest Fossil Fuel Extraction
Anti-fossil fuel activist throw soup on Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” painting on Friday in London’s National Gallery, but the artwork was unharmed.
Activists allegedly put two cans of tomato soup over the oil painting, one of the Dutch artist’s most recognizable pieces, according to the group “Just Stop Oil”, which wants the British government to block new oil and gas projects. Additionally, the two protesters used glue to adhere to the gallery wall.
The glass that was above the painting and its gilded frame was covered in soup splatters.
The picture is undamaged, but there is some slight frame damage, according to the gallery.
Van Gogh painted multiple renditions of “Sunflowers” in the late 1880s, and this piece is one of them.
After splashing tomato soup on Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” at the National Gallery in central London on October 14, 2022, activists are shown in a handout image from the Just Stop Oil climate campaign organization with their hands attached to the wall.
Anti-fossil fuel Activist throw soup on Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflower” painting.
London’s Metropolitan Police said officers arrested two people on suspicion of criminal damage and aggravated trespass.
“Specialist officers have now un-glued them and they have been taken into custody to a central London police station,” the force said in a statement.
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Just Stop Oil has drawn attention, and criticism, for targeting artworks in museums.
In July, Just Stop Oil activists glued themselves to the frame of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, and to John Constable’s “The Hay Wain” in the National Gallery.
During the two weeks of protests, activists have also blocked bridges and intersections all around London.
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In spite of protests from environmentalists and scientists who claim the action undermines the nation’s commitment to combating climate change, the British government has opened a fresh licensing round for North Sea oil and gas exploration.
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