On Sunday, two protestors from the environmental activist group Letzte Generation entered the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany. Once inside, they threw mashed potato starch at a Monet painting and then superglued themselves around it. A video of the incident soon found its way to social media. Both were later taken away, though it seems no charges are being pressed against them.
The painting in question is Mueles, completed by Claude Monet in 1890. In 2019, it was bought by art collector Hasso Plattner for $110.9 million. For some time, the painting has been given on loan to the Museum Barberini for exhibition. After the incident, the museum announced that no damage came to the painting since it was ‘glazed’, and the work will be back on view by Wednesday.
Source: The Art Insider
Photo: Protestors in front of the defaced Monet painting. Courtesy and credit The Art Insider