In Italy, environmental activists throw flour on a work of Andy Warhol

The BMW M1 painted by Andy Warhol, displayed in Milan, covered in flour by environmental activists from the group Ultima Generazione, Friday November 18, 2022.

A new work of art was targeted by environmental activists on Friday 18 November. Protesters threw flour at the BMW M1, a sports car, on display in Milan, Italy, painted in 1979 by American pop art artist Andy Warhol.

Claiming to want “sounding the alarm about climate collapse”, four activists from the group Ultima Generazione (“Last Generation”, in Italian) poured eight kilos of flour on the car exhibited at the Fabbrica del Vapore, a cultural center which is currently devoting a retrospective to the master of pop art. At least two activists then stuck their hands on the floor of the exhibition hall, shouted at by visitors while others tried to clean the stained work, according to images released by the group and online newspapers.

Activists from the Ultima Generazione group had also targeted during this month a work by Van Gogh, in Rome and a painting by Gustav Klimt, in Vienna. The two works were protected by glass, they were not damaged. The group calls for stricter political measures to combat global warming. His recent actions coincide with the UN climate summit (COP27), which is due to end on Friday.

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In recent weeks, other defenders of the environmental cause have multiplied actions around the world targeting works of art, in order to alert public opinion to the subject of global warming. They have, for example, stuck their hands on a Goya paintingto Madrid, threw tomato soup on the Sunflowers by Van Goghin London, and spread mashed potatoes on a Claude Monet masterpiece in Potsdam, near Berlin.

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Le Monde with AP and AFP

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