Two climate change activists have attached themselves to the frames of two paintings by Francisco Goya in Madrid’s Prado Museum, according to Spanish police.
The protest did no damage to either painting. The two pictures are La Maya Vestida When La Maha Desnuda“
Protesters painted “+1.5°C” on the wall between the two paintings, referring to the 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 F) upper limit of warming established by the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Spanish police said they had detained two activists.
The group Futuro Vegetal (Plant Future) posted a video of two activists on Twitter, claiming responsibility for the protests.
“Last week, the United Nations recognized that it is impossible to stay below the 1.5° limit. He referred to a UN report that warned that it was closing down.
In a statement, the Prado Museum condemned the use of the museum as a venue for political protests of any kind.
🛑🛑 ultima hora
Nos pegamos a “Las Majas” de Goya en el Museo Del Prado.
La semana pasada la ONU reconocía imposibilidad de mantenernos por debajo del limite de aumento del Acuerdo de París de 1.5° de Temperatura Media Respecto a los niveles preindustriales. pic.twitter.com/0buAMbeziJ
— Futuro Vegetal (@FuturoVegetal) November 5, 2022
Saturday’s protests come ahead of the start of the COP27 climate conference in Egypt this week.
Protest against works
This isn’t the first time climate activists have targeted high-profile works of art during protests.
On Friday, the group Ultima Generazione (Last Generation) threw pea soup over Vincent van Gogh’s artwork at Rome’s Palazzo Bonaparte. Four activists were arrested in the incident.
In October, Just Stop Oil activists threw tomato soup over Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ at the National Gallery of England in London.
Other protests include the use of cakes and mashed potatoes and target works such as the ‘Mona Lisa’ at the Louvre in Paris and ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ at The Hague’s Mauritshuis.
All works were undamaged as they were behind protective glass.
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