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Australia’s ‘Campbell’s Soup I’ has become the latest victim of ‘art disruption tactics’ by climate activists

Eco-activists from a new campaign group calling itself Stop Fossil Fuel Grants (StopFFS) vandalized Andy Warhol’s famous ‘Campbell’s Soup I’ at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on Tuesday. The incident is the latest action in a recent trend of climate change protesters targeting famous artworks in Europe and beyond.

“Andy Warhol portrayed consumerism gone mad in this iconic series. And now we have capitalism gone mad,” said one of the activists, Bonnie Cassen, after sticking her hand to the Pop Art masterpiece. The painting is protected by a glass frame and is therefore not damaged.

According to the protester, described by StopFFS as: “A mother of three and battling incurable cancer”, families are forced to choose between medicines and food for their children “while fossil fuel companies are returning record profits.”

“And yet our government gives $22,000 a minute in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry,” Cassen claimed.

The gallery said in a statement quoted by local media that it was reviewing the incident “in conjunction with the Australian Federal Police,” but will not comment further.

The police spokesman told the media that no arrests had been made.

The attack on Warhol’s painting was the second action by StopFFS, calling on the government to: “Immediately stop all subsidies to the fossil fuel industry.” Last week, an activist from the group taped himself to a display at the Suffragette’s Exhibition at Parliament House in Australia’s capital.

StopFFS considers itself part of a ‘Global Civil Resistance Network’. The network, also known as A22 Network, lists the member groups of Britain’s Just Stop Oil, Germany’s Letzte Generation, as well as other organizations across Europe, Canada and New Zealand.

Recent examples of A22 Network’s “art disturbance tactics” include vandalizing a painting by Claude Monet with mashed potatoes in Potsdam, damaging the wax figure of King Charles III with chocolate in London, and throwing tomato soup at masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh and Johannes Vermeer in London and The Hague respectively. While none of the paintings have been damaged, some museums have reportedly taken additional security measures to protect artworks from vandalism.

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