Italian climate extremists have targeted the works of Andy Warhol, the pop artist who died in 1994. They covered a car that Warhol decorated with flour and called on the rest of the world to meet their demands.
This Friday’s move in Milan was just the latest of a series of protests that aimed to defile all art to draw attention to their causes and to get more people to support them.
Members of the group Ultima Generazione (Last Generation) covered Warhol’s BMW M1 Art Car with refined flour to look like it was covered in snow.
According to the protester’s own website, the group conducts nonviolent civil disobedience actions to demand “urgent and concrete actions against the ecoclimate collapse.”
The colourful display at the Fabbrica del Vapore was the latest in a series of attacks by extremists that saw eight kilos flour thrown over it. It is a continuation to other similar attacks across Europe.
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According to video, two activists were seen getting dragged off by security officers while others in the group held hands and shouted at the people watching.
“Works of art have been targeted in order to highlight the hypocrisy of our society’s values: do we really get outraged at the simulation of damage to works of art while the ongoing objective destruction of works of nature, ecosystems and our own lives leaves us indifferent?”Last Generation wrote a statement.
Similar activities were being carried out in four additional countries, according to activists.
According to Ansa, other protestors smashed painted-filled balloons to the ground and stuck themselves to the Andy Warhol tribute.
Italian newspaper La Repubblica said the art gallery was forced to close after the stunt, and that the police were working to identify the activists behind it.
Stefano Lacagnina was the exhibit’s producer. He told the newspaper the protesters had beaten him. ‘paid for the ticket and had the bags of flour in their pockets. They completely sprinkled the machine with flour. It is an important piece, which was exhibited for the first time in the exhibition and has a great value.’
He also added: “Now we have to figure out what to do.”
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