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Another famous piece damaged on Berlin’s Museum Island

ByReiss Bowler

Oct 24, 2020

BERLIN (AP) – A famous work of art was destroyed in one of Berlin’s most famous museums just days after authorities revealed that more than 60 other works of art on the city’s Museum Island were smeared with an oily liquid, the German news agency reported. dpa saturday.

A huge granite bowl in front of the Altes Museum, which is part of the German capital’s museum complex, was smeared by an unknown culprit or perpetrators, Dpa reported.

Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of Berlin and one of the city’s top tourist attractions,

“It can no longer be denied: culture is under attack,” said Hermann Parzinger, the chairman of the cultural organization that oversees the Museum Island complex. “” The prominent and world-famous granite bowl in front of the Altes Museum was smeared in the most gruesome way. “

It was not immediately clear whether the shell had been smeared with the same oily liquid as the other artworks that were damaged at the beginning of this month.

The other targeted exhibits in the Museum Island complex were destroyed on October 3. Investigators said they had looked at surveillance camera footage for hours, but found no clear sign that someone applied the liquid.

Museum experts have said the motif remains a mystery and that there did not appear to be a thematic connection between the intended works. They expressed optimism that the seemingly random damage could be repaired.