‘Ultima Generazione’ (Last Generation) activists organized a protest on Saturday at the Museo del 900 in Milan, where they glued themselves to the 1913 sculpture “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space” by Umberto Boccioni. “We glued ourselves to Boccioni’s work because we can no longer afford to rush towards economic progress that is leading us towards mass extinction.”
Last week, they had glued themselves to Botticelli’s Primavera at the Uffizi, in Florence.
The demands of young environmentalists to combat climate change are two: to immediately stop the reopening of decommissioned coal-fired power stations and to proceed with an increase in solar and wind energy.
“In a world in which only half as many resources will be available as today, we will end up killing ourselves in the streets for a piece of bread,” shouts one of the campaign’s spokespersons, in a video that is making the rounds on the web. “We don’t get arrested lightly but we have to understand now that there will be no art on a collapsing planet. That’s why we are asking to arts professionals to stand with us and put pressure on the government.”
The sculpture has not been damaged: activists have only glued themselves to the structure that supports it. “It is important for us to respect the value of art, rather than damage it, as our governments do with the only planet at our disposal,” they said in a statement for the press. “Ultima Generazione actions stand up for art, beauty, jobs, peace and the environment.”