Climate protesters throw soup on Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ painting in London


A handout photo issued by the group Just Stop Oil shows two protesters who threw soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s famous 1888 work Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London on Friday.


“SO, SHE SAID THEY CAN’T AFFORD A CAN OF SOUP YET SHE JUST THREW ONE ON THE PAINTING… What do they think would happen if they throw a soup on the painting. Suddenly world is a better place to live in? There are several and better ways to protest but trying to damage literal history and art is just stupid! this is just creating another meaningless problem instead of trying to find a solution. Literally, these activists doesn’t know anything about history. they targeted Van Gough’s painting because he used oil. But the oil paint is made of flax seed oil. and it’s nothing to do with fuel. I bet she got on a public transport to even get there which i’m thinking uses oil! STUPIDITY!”
On Friday, anti-fossil fuel activists spilled soup over a glass-covered painting of Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” 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 was cleaned and put back in its spot in the gallery on Friday afternoon, according to the gallery, which stated that “there is some minor damage to the frame but the painting is uninjured.”
The work is one of several versions of “Sunflowers” that Van Gogh painted in the late 1880s.
According to the Metropolitan Police in London, two people were detained on suspicion of aggravated trespass and criminal damage.
“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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https://www.npr.org/2022/10/14/1129098184/van-gogh-sunflowers-soup-climate-protest-london-gallery


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