Two women have been charged with criminal damage after climate change protestors spilled soup over Vincent van Gogh’s painting “Sunflowers” at London’s National Gallery, British police announced on Saturday.
One of the five versions of the artwork that are on exhibit in museums and galleries around the world was destroyed on Friday, according to a video shared by the Just Stop Oil campaign group, which has been organizing demonstrations in the British capital for the last two weeks.
The event, according to the gallery, caused minor frame damage, but the painting remained intact.
Later, it was put back on display.
According to the police, two ladies, 21 and 20, would be charged with “criminal damage to the frame of van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting” and would show up later in Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
Another activist will also appear in court, accused of destroying the sign outside the New Scotland Yard police headquarters in central London.