Glued to Poussin's painting “Storm Landscape with Pyramus and Thisbe” – peaceful resistance to the government's course of destruction

August 24.08.2022th, 13 Frankfurt (Main), 30:XNUMX p.m - In protest against the federal government's deadly fossil fuel course, two members of the Last Generation glued themselves to the painting "Thunderstorm Landscape with Pyramus and Thisbe" by Nicolas Poussin in the Städel Museum in Frankfurt (Main) this afternoon.

Two people stick their hands to the painting "Thunderstorm Landscape with Pyramus and Thisbe". They wear T-shirts with the inscription "Last Generation - Stop the Fossil Madness!". In front of them lies a banner of the Last Generation.
August 24.08.2022th, XNUMX - Penelope Frank and Raúl Semmler have glued themselves to the painting "Thunderstorm Landscape with Pyramus and Thisbe".

Today the picture symbolizes the destructive course of current politics: It shows Pyramus lying on the ground, with a sword next to him with which he plunged to his death based on erroneous assumptions. Just as Pyramus made false assumptions, our government is also making false assumptions that will lead our societies to collapse: LNG terminals, the continued operation of coal-fired power plants and a lack of sensible measures such as a speed limit or free public transport will lead us further into the deadly lead to climate catastrophe.

Penelope Frank (31) explains why she is glued to the picture today:
“I am incomprehensible and angry that the government is putting our future, all of our lives, at risk. We are already looking at areas devastated by drought and fire and towns torn away by floods, here in Germany, in Europe and especially among the poorest people in the world. I have glued myself to this depressing painting today because protest and resistance against the course of destruction of our government cannot continue to be ignored.” 

Raul Semmler
Raul Semmler

Raúl Semmler (38), actor and screenwriter, adds:
“Do we want to be standing in the rubble in a few decades and wondering why we didn’t do enough? Why have we not prevented the wars over food and water, the destruction caused by extreme weather events, fires, storms, floods? We still have 2 to 3 years to avert the worst climate catastrophe scenarios. That’s why we have to resist now, everywhere.”

Lea Bonasera | Photo: (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg
Leah Bonasera (24)
Photo: (c) Marlene Charlotte Limburg

“With actions like today’s, resistance to the federal government’s course is unignorably brought to places of art and culture. Places that will fall victim to an absolute collapse of the global climate and a subsequent collapse of social systems, as well as countless lives, if the emergency brake is not finally pulled, ”  explained Leah Bonasera, co-founder of Last Generation.

Just yesterday, two supporters of the Last Generation glued themselves to Raphael's “Sistine Madonna” in Dresden.

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