Berlin gallery disrupted as climate protesters glue themselves to art

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Berlin, Kulturforum with the Gemäldegalerie, the Kupferstichkabinett, the Kunstbibliothek and the Kunstgewerbemuseum. Credit line: Monika Skolimowska / AFP / Profimedia

A pair of climate protesters disrupted the day at a key Berlin art museum when they glued themselves to a famous painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder, part of an ongoing trend of activists adhering themselves to famous artworks to draw attention.

The women were eventually separated from the painting at Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie (Painting Gallery), but only after police took down their personal information.

They had glued themselves to the frame of the 1504 painting “The Rest on the Flight to Egypt,” which depicts the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph fleeing with the baby Jesus Christ to Egypt. The two women carried a “Last Generation” placard and wore T-shirts urging people to “stop the fossil fuel madness.”

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Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Lucas Cranach the Elder (1504) Credit line: CBW / Alamy / Alamy / Profimedia

People with links to Last Generation have staged a series of such attention-grabbing protests in recent weeks, with a recent spate in Germany. Similar incidents were reported in Frankfurt on Wednesday and in Dresden on Tuesday.

The group has also frequently blocked major avenues in Germany, as it demands that the government speed up Germany’s transition to renewable energy. © dpa

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