Several militants from the Última Generación group threw flour on one of the pieces in the exhibition "Andy Warhol: The Publicity Of Form" at the Fabbrica del Vapore exhibition center in Milan
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There is no latitude that allows anticipating the next hit, but at this point Fridays are practically a fixed: the environmentalists who serially attack world-renowned works of art in the name of climate change covered in flour today a car painted by Andy Warhol, on display at an exhibition in Milan, Italy.

Protesters dumped flour on an Andy Warhol painting

Between shouts and disturbances caused by the action perpetrated around the work, activists from the Última Generación group threw some eight kilos of flour shortly before noon and, following the modus operandi In recent weeks, some of them “stuck” to the vehicle windows to gain time and deliver their message. “There will be no more food or water, there is an ecological collapse underway!” one of them yelled before he could be controlled by the guards in the room. Several of them were dragged out of the place, as can be seen in the video that went viral on social networks.

Do they think that museums are not concerned about climate change? The question could well be detached from the statement signed last week by 92 institutions, released by ICOM (International Council of Museums, for its acronym in English) when pronouncing on the “fragility of these irreplaceable works of world cultural heritage.”

Several militants from the Última Generación group threw flour on one of the pieces in the exhibition “Andy Warhol: The Publicity Of Form” at the Fabbrica del Vapore exhibition center in MilanHANDOUT – LAST GENERATION

The exhibition Andy Warhol: La Pubblicità Della Formawhich is being presented at the Steam Factory, includes among three hundred pieces a BMW M1 model with a number 76 on the door, decorated by the king of pop in the seventies. The organizers of the exhibition declared to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that the activists had paid the entrance fee and that they entered the complex – which works in an old train factory – with the hidden packages of flour. Among paintings, drawings, photographs and record covers, a set that accounts for an important chapter in the history of 20th century art, the car is one of the biggest attractions.

Another Warhol piece had been the target of protests this month in Australia, when activists stuck to reproductions of the famous Campbell’s Soup cans. The list of attacks, however, is so extensive that it covers different periods of universal art: from Da Vinci to Klimt, victim of one of the most impressive attacks this week when he was covered in a black liquid, and from Monet and Van Gogh to wax figures at Madame Tussauds museum in London. The museums of Europe are thus going through a worrying wave of vandalism, which leads them to express themselves as “deeply shocked” and on alert. Institutions such as the Louvre in Paris, where the beginning of this difficult-to-understand trend could be marked – on May 29, a protester threw a cake at none other than the Gioconda-, the Prado Museum in Madrid –The Majasby Goya-, the National Gallery of London –The sunflowers of Van Gogh- or the museum Mauritshuis from The Hague – Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring – are still on alert.

Also today, but in Paris, ecologists from the same group sprayed orange paint on a sculpture by Charles Ray, horse and rider, located on the public premises of the Parisian Stock Exchange, which houses the collection of billionaire François Pinault.

Militants of this same movement have been mobilizing in France for several weeks, blocking roads and interrupting sports events and events as a way of denouncing climate inaction and demanding strong action from governments, they vindicated this action on Twitter, reported the AFP news agency.

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