Gustav Klimt’s painting ‘Death and Life’ sprayed with black liquid by environmental activists in Austria

The famous painting death and life by Austrian painter Gustav Klimt was sprayed with a black liquid by climate activists, the Leopold Museum in Vienna announced on Tuesday (November 15th). “The restorers are at work to determine if the painting, protected by ice, has been damaged”said its spokesman, Klaus Pokorny, while the group Letzte Generation Österreich (“last generation Austria”) claimed the action on Twitter by broadcasting images of the action. This group is defined as “the first generation to feel the onset of climate collapse – and the last to still be able to stop it”.

We see two men vandalizing the work, one sticking his hand to the window, before being neutralized by an employee. “Stop the destruction (of humanity) by fossil fuels. We are rushing into climatic hell”, they shouted. Admission was free on Tuesday as part of a day sponsored by the Austrian oil company OMV.

Several other such actions have been carried out in recent weeks by climate activists, who have targeted iconic buildings, but also famous works of art in several cities across Europe. Environmental activists tried unsuccessfully in Oslo on Friday to stick their hands on The Screamthe masterpiece of the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, to denounce the oil industry in Norway.

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Earlier this month, two activists from Last Generation had spread mashed potatoes on the glass protecting Claude Monet’s canvas Millstones, at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, Germany.

Activists also glued themselves to the glass protecting The young pearl girl by Johannes Vermeer in a museum in the Netherlands. others threw soup on the one who protected The Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh at the National Gallery in London.

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The World with AFP

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