Climate activists deface Monet with mashed potatoes at German museum

After wasting the mashed potatoes, one activist said "People are starving, people are freezing, people are dying."

Joshua Young North Carolina

In the latest act of vandalism against famous works of art, climate activists on Sunday threw mashed potatoes on Claude Monet’s Les Meules painting at Potsdam’s Barberini museum in Germany, and then glued themselves to the floor.

The two protestors were from the group Letzte Generation, or Last Generation, and wrote on Twitter, "We make this #Monet the stage and the public the audience. 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!"

The group's tomato soup reference was to an episode earlier in October, when two members of Just Stop Oil threw cans of tomato soup on Van Gogh’s Sunflower painting in London, before super gluing their hands to the wall next to the piece.

The two German eco-radicals say on their Twitter that they "are the #last generation that can still stop the complete climate collapse!" They entered the museum with the pots of runny mashed potatoes wearing conspicuous high-visibility jackets.

Artist George Alexopoulos commented "A more pressing question: Why are visitors allowed to enter museums with orange vests & buckets of mashed potatoes? Seems like a clue they may be up to no good."

After wasting the mashed potatoes, one activist said "People are starving, people are freezing, people are dying," to another who was filming.

"We are in a climate catastrophe and all you are afraid of tomato soup or mashed potatoes on a painting, you know what I'm afraid of? I'm afraid because science tells us that we won't be able to feed our families in 2050," the German eco-protestor said.

"Does it take mashed potatoes on a painting to make you listen. This painting is not going to be worth anything if we have to fight over food," the protestor continued, as the wasted food dripped down the painting. 

It is unclear the extent of damage to the painting.

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