Unidentified suspects had splashed an oily liquid throughout the museums all through opening hours on October 3, Carsten Pfohl of Berlin’s felony police instructed a data conference.
The damaged reveals embody Egyptian sarcophagi, stone sculptures and Nineteenth-century work held on the Pergamon Museum, the Neues Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie, in step with native media research that broke the data of the assault on Tuesday night time time.
“For the state museums it’s the largest hurt to issues that has been introduced on by a single act,” Christina Haak, deputy director widespread on the Berlin State Museums, instructed a joint data conference.
She didn’t put a decide on the extent of the hurt nonetheless acknowledged that objects that are owned by the state are normally not insured.
There was no indication that the assault related to a certain ideological or political background as “lots of utterly totally different objects that aren’t immediately related to 1 one other” had been damaged, acknowledged Pfohl, together with: “One doesn’t acknowledge any propaganda.”
Most people had not been educated to permit police to analysis discreetly, he acknowledged.
The splashed liquid was oily nonetheless not corrosive and the museum’s excessive reveals are normally not affected, acknowledged Friederike Seyfried, the director of Berlin’s Egyptian assortment, which is housed throughout the Neues Museum.
Restoration work has begun and might take a while.
Larger than 3,000 people visited the Museum Island on October 3, Germany’s nationwide trip, and about 1,400 of them with on-line tickets had been contacted to ask whether or not or not they’d noticed one thing untoward, Pfohl acknowledged.
The assaults, which could have been carried out with a water pistol or a hid spray bottle, weren’t seen on surveillance cameras.