Jakarta, IO – Victorian Police quizzed two activists who glued their hands to the acrylic protective covering of Picasso’s anti-war painting “Massacre in Korea” on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
The Australian woman, 49, and man, 59, did it as a form of protest. Fortunately, the painting was not damaged, reported Merdeka on Monday (10/10).
In a picture shared by the Extinction Rebellion movement on social media, the activists dressed in all black put their hands on the painting. A man wearing an Extinction Rebellion T-shirt was also seen standing next to the two activists. He was also questioned by Melbourne Police.
On the ground at their feet lay a black banner reading “Climate Chaos=War+Famine.” Via Facebook, Extinction Rebellion Victoria said the 1951 Picasso painting “shows the horrors of war.” The group also stated: “Climate breakdown will mean an increase in conflict around the world.”
The National Gallery of Victoria said it contacted police and closed the exhibition to public during the protest. “The protesters’ hands were safely removed from the acrylic glass without damaging the art work,” a gallery spokesperson said. (un)