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“The risk of damaging the artwork is very high.”

Germany’s leading cultural organization is critical of climate activists who have recently glued themselves to the frames of famous paintings in museums to protest what they say is the German government’s inaction on climate change.



German Cultural Council (Deutscher Kulturrat) accused the activists of endangering important works of art with their latest protest tactics. “While I understand the desperation of climate activists, I make it clear that the act of pasting individuals onto the frames of famous works of art is patently wrong. The risk of damaging the artwork is very high. Endangered works are part of the world’s cultural heritage and deserve protection, just like our climate,” is according to reports Associated Press (AP) said Olaf Zimmermanngeneral manager of this umbrella groups German cultural organizations.

V even more protest actions last week Members of the Last Generation movement (Letzte Generation) last stuck to a work of art on Thursday, namely in the Picture Gallery (Gemäldegalerie) in Berlin were glued to the picture Rest on the run to Egypt (Die Ruhe ouch der Escape nach Egypt), which he created in 1504 Lucas Cranach the Elder.

The day before, however, they stuck to the canvas Nicolas Poussin from 1651 The landscape during the storm with Pyramus and Press (Paysage de tempêtes avec Pyrames et Thisbe) in the museum Städel in Frankfurt. V earlier this week, a pair of activists glued their hands to a golden frame Raphael’s The Sistine Madonna (Madonna di San Sisto) in the Picture Gallery in Dresden. V in both cases, the employees called the police, who took care of carefully detaching the hands of the activists from the frames, the German press agency reported DPA.


Last weekend, two Italian members of the originally German movement Last Generation chained themselves to a fence in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, famous for Giotto's frescoes, and the chapel was chained in time.  Photo: EPA

Against the continued disregard of pernicious factsActivists also blocked dozens of roads in Germany by gluing them to the asphalt this year. Members of the Last Generation try their own way words through their unusual forms of protest, make it impossible for people and governments to continue to ignore the fact that the world has little time to prevent catastrophic levels of global warming.

Climate catastrophe is an unprecedented threat of incredible proportions: killer droughts, devastating heat, devastating forest fires. These will escalate sharply in the coming years. Not only here in Germany… but all over the world,” he said Jakob Beyera 28-year-old activist who glued himself to the frame of the 1512 Sistine Madonna, one of the most famous paintings of the Italian Renaissance.

Ultima Generationsa very active Italian branchSimilar protests are also carried out by activists in other European countries. V they stuck to a copy in London last month Last suppers Leonardo da Vinci at the Royal Academy of Arts, and they wrote on the wall next to the painting Not new oil. V In Italy, however, protesters this month clung to one of the most important ancients sculptures in the Vatican Museums. Even before that, two activists in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence glued their hands to the glass that protects the painting Spring Sandro Botticelli. V in this case, they were detained and ordered to be banned from entering Florence for three years, Italian media reported.

The Last Generation movement was founded last September in Berlin, but today Ultima A generatione it also operates in Milan and Rome and is steadily expanding to other cities in central and northern Italy.

Source: Rtvslo

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