Protesters Defile Andy Warhol Art Car in Italy

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
protesters defile andy warhol art car in italy

Climate-change protesters doused a car painted by Andy Warhol in flour in Milan, Italy, last week.


The car, a BMW M1, was covered in baking ingredients by the group Ultima Generazione (Last Generation), which has targeted art displays. The group tossed soup over a Van Gogh painting in Rome on November 4th and they threw a black liquid over a Gustav Klint painting in Vienna on November 15th. Neither painting suffered harm.

Warhol painted this M1 in 1979 -- the same year in which it ran in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The attack coincided with the COP27 climate-change conference being held in Egypt.

Allow me to editorialize for a second -- while I am all for stopping climate change and building a more sustainable future for us and our children and grandchildren (and so on), I don't understand the point of this activism.

This isn't some bias towards the car, which I'd never heard of before last week -- I am sure it will be fine. It's just that, other than trying to get attention (which, I suppose, the group is getting from us and other outlets), I don't see the point in this.

How do paintings and rare BMWs relate to climate change? Yes, a car from 1979 would produce tailpipe emissions, but this car was probably never going to run again. Also, it's not like M1s are a symbol of excess pollution from a motor vehicle -- try the Hummer from a few years back for that.

If it were me, and I was an activist, I'd be attacking symbols of excess pollution and doing it a bit closer to where COP27 was taking place. But that's just me. Instead, I will continue to be baffled at what these folks were trying to accomplish.

[Image: DisobeyArt/Shutterstock.com]

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  • Jeff S Jeff S 5 days ago

    Thanks Lou good link. I try to be responsible on my end but if people don't want to change and they are deniers then maybe I shouldn't be that concerned since I don't have any children. As I stated previously the Earth will survive regardless of what man does to it but mankind might not. If we die off then nature can possibly replace us with a better and smarter species.

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    • Jeff S Jeff S 4 days ago

      Lou_BC--Agree. We as a species and a civilization are self-destructive. Based on current events the US might not survive as long as the Roman Empire but it has been a good run for as long as it has lasted. If higher life forms do exist we might be too primitive and uncivilized for them.


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