Climate activists in Austria on Tuesday attacked a well-known painting by artist Gustav Klimt with a black, oily liquid and one then glued himself to glass defending the painting’s body.
Members of the group Last Generation Austria tweeted they’d focused the 1915 painting Death and Life at the Leopold Museum in Vienna to protest their authorities’s use of fossil energies.
After throwing the liquid on the painting, which wasn’t broken, one activist was pushed away by a museum guard whereas one other glued his hand to the glass over the painting’s body.
The group defended the protest, saying in a tweet that they had been protesting “oil and gasoline drilling,” which they referred to as “a loss of life sentence to society.”
In a video of the incident, which the group posted on-line, one of many activists will be heard shouting that “we now have recognized about the issue for 50 years — we should lastly act, in any other case the planet can be damaged.”
“Stop the fossil gasoline destruction. We are racing right into a climate hell,” he went on.
After the assault, police arrived at the museum and the black liquid was rapidly cleaned off the glass defending the painting, Austria Press Agency reported.
No hurt to painting
Despite thorough controls at the museum’s entrance, the activists succeeded in bringing the liquid inside by hiding it in a scorching water bottle beneath their garments, the company reported.
The museum’s restoration crew stated later that whereas the painting itself hadn’t been harmed, the harm to the glass and safety framing, in addition to to the wall and flooring, was “evident and important,” APA reported.
Hans-Peter Wipplinger, the director of the Leopold Museum, advised APA that the issues of the climate activists had been justified, “however attacking artworks is unquestionably the flawed option to implement the focused aim of stopping the expected climate collapse.”
He appealed to the group to search out different methods to make their issues recognized.
Criticism of protest type
Austria’s tradition minister additionally expressed understanding for “the issues and likewise the desperation” of the activists, however criticized their type of protest.
“I don’t imagine that actions like these are purposeful, as a result of the query arises whether or not they don’t slightly result in extra lack of expertise than to extra consciousness of the climate disaster,” Andrea Mayer stated.
“From my viewpoint, accepting the danger of irrevocable harm to artworks is the flawed option to go,” the minister went on. “Art and tradition are allies in the battle in opposition to climate disaster, not adversaries.”
The Klimt work is an oil on canvas painting in the Art Nouveau fashion depicting loss of life on the left facet and a gaggle of partially bare, hugging individuals on the fitting facet. It’s one of many latest items of artwork to be focused by climate activists to attract consideration to world warming.
Different activist teams have staged quite a few demonstrations in latest months, together with blocking streets and throwing mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet painting in Germany.
The British group Just Stop Oil threw tomato soup at Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers in London’s National Gallery final month.
Just Stop Oil activists additionally glued themselves to the body of an early copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, and to John Constable’s The Hay Wain in the National Gallery.