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Environmental activists douse “Mona Lisa”

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Two demonstrators threw soup on the bulletproof glass protecting Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa in Paris on January 28, 2024, demanding the right to a “healthy and sustainable diet,” noted an AFP journalist.

Agence France-Presse

Two activists splashed soup on the armored glass protecting The Mona Lisain Paris on Sunday morning, adding their action – which did not damage the masterpiece – to the list of operations carried out in recent years by environmental movements in museums.

The work did not suffer any damage, the Louvre museum told AFP, specifying that the room of the States, where the painting is exhibited, had been reopened to visitors, after having been closed for about an hour. The largest museum in the world plans to file a complaint on Monday.

What's important? What's more important? Art or the right to healthy and sustainable food? Our agricultural system is sick. Our farmers are dying on the job. One in three French people do not eat all their meals every day, declaimed the activists, standing on each side of the table, after throwing away the soup, noted an AFP journalist.

They were then arrested, AFP learned from a police source. According to the Louvre, they had hidden the pumpkin soup in a coffee thermos. Food is accepted at the entrance to the establishment.

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The two environmental activists are members of the “Riposte Alimentaire” collective which aims to bring about a radical change in society on the climate and social plan.

The museum has experimented with a ban on entry with food in the past, but has given up on this, partly because it is possible to buy food inside.

The Mona Lisa, like our heritage, belongs to future generations. No cause can justify him being targeted, condemned the Minister of Culture, Rachida Dati, on X.

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I'm not sure thatThe Mona Lisais the biggest polluter in France. What does that mean?, denounced Prisca Thévenot, government spokesperson, on the France 3 television channel.

The famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, presented behind armored protective glass since 2005, has already been the victim of vandalism several times. In May 2022, for example, he was the target of a cream pie.

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Mona Lisa has already been scaled in May 2022. As in this story, the cream had landed on its protective glass.

The action was this time claimed, in a press release sent to AFP, by a collective called Food Riposte, presenting itself as a French civil resistance campaign which aims to bring about a radical change in society in terms of climatic and social.

It follows the last renovation campaign, which has claimed several punchy actions in recent months to demand a thermal renovation plan buildings at the height of the emergency.

The throw of soup on The Mona Lisais this time presented as the kick-off of a campaign of civil resistance, which carries a clear demand, beneficial to all: social security for sustainable food.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">For several years, a series of militant operations has targeted works in museums around the world.

In October 2022, two young women wearing Just Stop Oil t-shirts projected the contents of two cans of tomato soup onto Van Gogh's masterpiece Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London, before pressing himself against the wall shouting: Which is worth more, art or life?

This painting was also protected by glass.

In other museums, activists have stuck their hands on a painting by Goya in Madrid, smeared red and black paint on the Plexiglas cage surrounding The Little Dancer of Fourteen Years by Degas in Washington or spread mashed potatoes on a chef- of work by Claude Monet in Potsdam, near Berlin.

More broadly, civil disobedience movements have also recently disrupted sporting events or blocked traffic in Western countries, to denounce the inaction of governments and the economic world.

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