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Fake blood shed on Toulouse-Lautrec at Berlin Museum – ARTnews.com

On Sunday, fake blood was shed on a painting by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec at a museum in Berlin, in an incident reminiscent of recent climate protests, although officials have not yet announced a motive for the attack. The person in police custody also plastered himself on the wall next to the work.

Work titled tumbler, under examination in the restoration workshop of the Alte Nationalgalerie. The head of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Hermann Barzinger, said in a statement that the painting was not significantly damaged.

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“I was shocked by this senseless attack on art, which in this case obviously cannot be assigned to any politically active climate group,” he told DPA news agency. He added that museum staff “will continue to do everything in their power to protect the art in our collections while maintaining access to it with as few barriers as possible.”

The incident appears to share similarities with the climatic actions of the Letzte Generation group, which earlier this month sprayed mashed potatoes across a Claude Monet painting in Postdam. Their tactics are based on protests led by the British group Just Stop Oil, which attracted attention because its activists stuck themselves in the billboards.

Just Stop Oil protesters threw tomato soup at Vincent Van Gogh sunflower At the London National Gallery. Last week, an activist wearing a Just Stop Oil T-shirt tried to stick his head in Vermeer The girl with the pearl earring Another protester also tried to pour red liquid on him.

The Alte Nationalgalerie accident occurred on the same day members of the Letzte Generation glued themselves to a railing next to a dinosaur skeleton at the Natural History Museum in Berlin. In a statement, the group said: “Just like the dinosaurs at the time, we are threatened by climate changes that we cannot tolerate. If we do not want to see ourselves threatened with extinction, we must act now.”

The Alte Nationalgalerie is closed today for cleaning and will reopen on Tuesday. Trespass and property damage charges were filed in both cases in Berlin.

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