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Toulouse-Lautrec’s work hit by fake blood in Berlin museum

BERLIN — A painting by famed 19th-century French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was doused in fake blood in a Berlin museum in an act reminiscent of recent protests by climate activists, though there was no apparent connection between them, officials said Monday.

The work was examined for damage after a person threw the liquid at the glass-covered “Clown” in the Alte Nationalgalerie on Sunday and then taped one of their hands to the wall next to the work, according to the Berlin museum authority.

Police arrested the man after he removed his hand from the wall.

The suspect handed out leaflets before the incident, the authority said, but did not provide details about its contents. It said it could not immediately describe the damage to the painting or frame, which were examined at the museum’s restoration workshop.

The head of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which oversees the museum authority, said on Sunday that he was “appalled by this further senseless attack on art, which in this case apparently cannot be attributed to a group active in the arts.” climate policy,” news agency dpa reported.

Hermann Parzinger said the first word was that there appeared to be no serious damage to the painting itself, but glue and paint had to be removed from the fabric-covered wall of the room it was in.

The incident followed a series of demonstrations by the group Uprising of the Last Generation, whose actions in recent months have included blocking streets and throwing mashed potatoes at a painting by Claude Monet in a museum in Potsdam, just outside Berlin.

On Sunday, two environmentalists glued themselves to a dinosaur display at Berlin’s natural history museum to protest what they believe was the German government’s failure to properly address the threat of climate change.

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