Luxembourg artist Deborah de Robertis involved

Luxembourg artist Deborah de Robertis involved
Luxembourg artist Deborah de Robertis involved

Temporarily exhibited at the Pompidou-Metz center, the painting by Gustave Courbet on loan from the Musée d’Orsay was damaged, leading to the evacuation and closure of the gallery.

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

Around 1:50 p.m., at least two young women and probably a third entered the second floor gallery to stand in front of the famous painting “The Origin of the World” by Gustave Courbet on loan from the Musée d’Orsay Paris for the exhibition. They took out tubes of red paint to tag the work with the inscription #MeToo.

Two of them were neutralized by the security agents present in the gallery. It seems that this action was carried out by the Franco-Luxembourgish performance artist Deborah de Robertis.

They were interviewed by the police and taken into custody. A third person involved, or even a fourth, is still being sought.

The security agents and mediation people present at the time of the incident were also interviewed by the police. Surveillance cameras are being analyzed.

The work of Gustave Courbet which represents a female nude is exhibited in a glass frame, which a priori should allow the painting to be preserved.

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