Cork’s Crawford Art Gallery, where a man was arrested after a protest by environmentalists this evening. Stock Picture: Denis Minihane.
A man has been arrested in connection with a protest by environmentalists at the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork.
The man, who is in his 20s, is understood to have been part of a group of activists protesting against oil exploration.
It is alleged liquid was thrown at a painting.
A garda spokesperson said: “Shortly before 5pm, gardaí from the Bridewell were alerted following reports of an alleged incident of Criminal Damage in an Art Gallery on Emmet Place, Cork City.
“It’s understood liquid substance was thrown on a painting in the course of the incident.
“A man aged in his 20s was arrested at the scene and is currently detained at the Bridewell Garda Station.
“Enquires are ongoing.”
It is understood there was a free public tour at the gallery, which stays open until 8pm on Thursday nights, at the time of the incident.
The incident comes weeks after climate activists from the climate group Last Generation threw mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting in a German museum in Germany last month.
They were also protesting about oil production and targeted renowned French Impressionist artist Monet’s “Les Meules” at the Barberini Museum near Berlin.
The two people arrested over that incident were seen throwing mashed potatoes at the $110.7 million painting, which was displayed behind protective glass, and then gluing their hands to a wall in the gallery.
The gallery confirmed that the work targeted was a George Atkinson drawing. It was glazed and, as such, no actual damage was done to the work.
A gallery spokesperson said: “A person entered the Modern Gallery on the second floor of Crawford Art Gallery and proceeded to throw soup at one of the artworks on the wall.
“The work was glazed so damage is minimal and mostly to the surrounding wall area.
“Gallery security and staff were there immediately, and the perpetrator was detained until Gardai arrived.
“The person has been arrested and Gardaí are now investigating.
“This section of the Gallery will close temporarily until a clean-up is carried out.”
Mary McCarthy, gallery director, said, “We would like to assure the public and our visitors that we continue to remain vigilant and to look after the Artworks of the National Collection in our care. We are grateful to our many loyal art lovers for their support. We will work quickly to have the work back on display.”

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