Stuck to a Rubens picture: penal orders against climate activists

Dlike District Court of Munich has issued penal orders against the climate activists who glued themselves to a Rubens painting in the Alte Pinakothek in August. A court spokesman for the German Press Agency confirmed that two of these penal orders were imposed on the two men who were stuck, one against the person who filmed the action.

According to the Munich I public prosecutor’s office, which applied for the penal orders, “a significant fine was imposed” in each case, which the spokeswoman for the authority did not, however, quantify. But it could also be expensive regardless of this: “We will of course assert our claims under civil law,” said Tine Nehler, spokeswoman for the Pinakotheken.

According to the public prosecutor, the action in August caused damage of 11,000 euros. According to the court, one of the two men who was stuck and the filmmaker appealed the penalty order. This leads to a trial in the district court. However, the spokesman could not say when that should be. Initially, no objection had been received against the third penalty order.

Separated from the historical frame with solvents

Two activists from the Last Generation movement had taped themselves to the frame of Peter Paul Rubens’ 17th-century painting The Massacre of the Innocents on August 28. According to the museum, employees of the museum and police officers then had to separate the two men from the historical frame with solvents, which, however, was damaged. The museum also announced that there was damage to the wall covering.

“It is not legitimate to damage unique cultural evidence of humanity in order to point out the factual climatic problems,” said the director general of the Bavarian State Painting Collections, Bernhard Maaz, after the action. “A painting like “The Massacre of the Innocents” and the historical gilded frame are of inestimable cultural-historical value”.

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