BERLIN (AP) — A painting by famed 19th-century French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec has been covered in fake blood at a Berlin museum, reminiscent of recent climate protests, although there was no apparent connection, officials said Monday.
The work was being checked for damage after a man threw liquid at the glazed “Clown” in the Alte Nationalgalerie on Sunday and then taped one hand to the wall next to the work, the Berlin museum said.
Police arrested a man after tearing his arm from a wall.
The suspect had been handing out leaflets on the eve of the incident, authorities said, but did not elaborate on their content. He said he could not immediately provide details of any damage to the painting or frame, which is being investigated by the museum’s restoration workshop.
The head of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which oversees museums, said on Sunday that he was “horrified by this yet another senseless attack on art, which in this case apparently cannot be attributed to any climate policy group,” news reports dpa agency.
Hermann Partzinger said the painting itself was initially said not to have suffered major damage, but needed to remove glue and paint from the fabric-covered wall of the room where it was located.
The incident follows a series of demonstrations by the Last Generation Uprising group, whose actions in recent months have included blocking streets and throwing mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting at a museum in Potsdam, near Berlin.
Two environmental activists taped themselves to a dinosaur exhibit at Berlin’s Natural History Museum on Sunday to protest what they say the German government has not adequately dealt with the threat of climate change.