Moselle. Courbet’s famous painting “The Origin of the World” tagged at the Pompidou-Metz center

Moselle. Courbet’s famous painting “The Origin of the World” tagged at the Pompidou-Metz center
Moselle. Courbet’s famous painting “The Origin of the World” tagged at the Pompidou-Metz center

Visitors to gallery 2 of the Pompidou-Metz center which is hosting the exhibition “Lacan, When the Artist Meets Psychoanalysis” were evacuated early in the afternoon this Monday, May 6, 2024 by the security services. The latter mentioned a “problem” without further details.

A glass frame to preserve the work

At reception, the staff of the contemporary art center indicated that the painting “The Origin of the World” loaned by the Musée d’Orsay Paris for the exhibition had been damaged. According to people present in the hall, at least four women and two or three other people who claimed to be part of the #MeToo movement and were armed with tubes of paint wrote #MeToo in red on the board before being arrested by security. . These people were interviewed by the police within the museum, as well as two security agents and two mediation people present at the time of the incident.

The work of Gustave Courbet which represents a female nude is exhibited in a glass frame, which a priori should make it possible to preserve the painting.

Contacted, the communications department of the Pompidou center confirmed the elements. The police are currently on site to carry out the usual findings.

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Reception, contacted by telephone, explains that “gallery 2 has closed for maintenance reasons. It should reopen from Wednesday May 8.”

In the group of visitors who were evacuated from gallery 2, many people had come especially for the Lacan exhibition. Among them, some had made the trip from Paris, Strasbourg and even Toulouse.

#French

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