Activist state

German cultural group criticizes climate activists’ protest

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In this photo provided by the climate activist group ‘Letzte Generation’, Last Generation, shows an activist glued to the frame of Raffael’s ‘Sistine Madonna’ painting at the Gemaeldegalerie Museum in Dresden, Germany, Tuesday, August 23, 2022. (Generation Letzte via AP)

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A group that represents cultural organizations in Germany slammed climate activists on Thursday for sticking to frames of famous paintings in museums to protest what they say is the German government’s failure to act on climate change .

The German Cultural Council, an umbrella group of cultural organisations, accused the activists of endangering important works with their protest and warned them not to pit art against the cause of combating global warming.

“As much as I can understand the desperation of climate activists, I am making it clear that sticking to the frames of famous works of art is clearly wrong. The risk of damaging the works of art is very high”, said Olaf Zimmermann, director general of the German Cultural Council.

“The endangered works are part of the world’s cultural heritage and deserve to be protected as well as our climate,” he added.

Members of the Uprising of the Last Generation group stuck to Nicolas Poussinthe’s 1651 painting “Landscape During a Storm with Pyramus and Thisbe” at Frankfurt’s Städel Museum on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, two activists glued their hands to the gilded frame of Raffael’s ‘Sistine Madonna’ at the Gemaeldegalerie museum in Dresden. In both cases, the police were called into the museums to carefully untie the activists’ hands from the cadres.

Activists have also blocked dozens of roads across Germany this year by sticking to the asphalt.

With their unusual forms of protest, members of the Last General activists say they are trying to make it impossible for people and governments to ignore that the world has little time to prevent catastrophic levels of global warming.

“Climate catastrophe is an unprecedented threat of incredible proportions: deadly droughts, devastating heat, devastating wildfires. These will increase significantly in the years to come. Not just here in Germany… but all over the world,” said Jakob Beyer, a 28-year-old activist who glued himself to the frame of the “Sistine Madonna,” one of the Renaissance’s most famous paintings. Italian.

Similar protests have been led by activists in other European countries.

In London, they targeted a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, sticking to the painting’s frame and spraying ‘No New Oil’ next to it last month.

In Italy, protesters glued themselves to one of the most important ancient sculptures in the Vatican Museums this month. Earlier, activists had glued their hands to the glass protecting Sandro Botticelli’s ‘Spring’ painting in the Uffizi Galleries in Florence. In this case, they were detained and ordered to stay out of Florence for three years, Italian media said.

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