German climate change activists splash mashed potatoes on Monet painting

German climate change activists splash mashed potatoes on Monet painting

Posted For: Willie Wonka

By Bradford Betz

A pair of activists on Sunday doused a Claude Monet painting in a German museum to protest climate change.

The two activists from the group Last Generation can be seen in a video throwing a thick substance over Monet’s “Les Meules” at Potsdam’s Barberini Museum, then gluing their hands to the wall below the painting.

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The group later confirmed that the mixture was mashed potatoes.

“We make this #Monet the state and the public the audience,” the group later tweeted along with a video of the incident. “If it takes a painting – with #MashedPotatoes or #TomatoSoup thrown at it – to make society remember that the fossil fuel course is killing us all: Then we’ll give you #MashedPotatoes on a painting!”

In total, four people were involved in the incident, according to German news agency dpa.

The Barberini Museum said later Sunday that because the painting was enclosed in glass, the mashed potatoes didn’t cause any damage. The painting, part of Monet’s “Haystacks” series, is expected to be back on display on Wednesday.

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