Police said several teenagers sprayed graffiti on a famous piece of art outside one of Berlin’s most famous museums and the vandalism was not linked to the damage to more than 60 other works of art on the city’s Museum Island this month.
A huge granite bowl in front of the Altes Museum, which is part of the German capital’s museum complex and houses antiques, was damaged Friday evening by teenagers and adults, Berlin police said. Two of the suspects have been temporarily detained.
Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of Berlin and one of the city’s main tourist attractions,
Dozens of other items on display at the Museum Island complex were vandalized on October 3. Investigators said they watched hours of surveillance camera footage but found no obvious signs of someone applying the liquid.
Museum experts said the motif remained a mystery and there appeared to be no thematic connection between the targeted works. They expressed optimism that the seemingly random damage could be repaired.
Berlin police said the graffiti sprayed on the granite bowl had no political content or appeared to be related to damage to other artwork.