Climate activists throw black liquid at Gustav Klimt’s painting in Vienna | environmental activism

Climate activists in Austria have attacked a painting of gustav klimtone throws a black and oily liquid at it and another sticks to the glass that covers the painting.

Members of state-of-the-art austria (Last generation Austria) tweeted who had targeted the 1915 painting Death and Life at the Leopold Museum in Vienna to protest against their government’s use of fossil fuels.

After splashing the liquid on the artwork, which was not damaged, a museum guard pushed an activist away while another stuck his hand to the glass above the painting.

The group said they were protesting against “oil and gas exploitation,” which they called “a death sentence for society.”

In a video of the incident, which the group posted online, one of the activists can be heard shouting: “We have known about the problem for 50 years; we must finally act, otherwise the planet will break apart.”

🛢️EILT: Klimt's “Tod und Leben” im Leopold Museum mit Öl überschüttet🛢️

Menschen der Letzten Generation haben heute im Leopold Museum das Klimt-Gemälde “Tod und Leben” mit Öl überschüttet. Neue Öl- und Gasbohrungen sind ein Todesurteil für die Menschheit.

— Letzte Generation Österreich (@letztegenAT) November 15, 2022


🛢️URGENT: Klimt’s “Death and Life” at the Leopold Museum covered in oil🛢️

The people of the last generation poured oil on Klimt’s painting “Death and Life” in the Leopold Museum today. New oil and gas wells are a death sentence for humanity.

— Last Gen Austria (@lastgenAT) November 15, 2022

After the attack, the police arrived at the museum and the black liquid, which the activists had put in a hot water bottle under their clothes, was cleaned from the protective glass, the Austria The Press Agency reported.

The museum’s restoration team later said that while the painting itself was undamaged, the damage to the glass and safety frame, as well as the wall and floor, was “obvious and significant.”

Hans-Peter Wipplinger, director of the museum, told the news agency that the concerns of climate activists were justified, “but attacking works of art is definitely the wrong way to implement the goal of preventing the predicted climate breakdown.” He called on the group to find other ways to voice their concerns.

Austria’s culture minister also expressed sympathy for the “concerns and also the despair” of the activists, but criticized their manner of protest.

“I don’t think actions like these are purposeful, because it raises the question whether they don’t lead to more misunderstanding than more awareness of the climate catastrophe,” Andrea Mayer said. “From my point of view, accepting the risk of irreparable damage to works of art is the wrong way to go. Art and culture are allies in the fight against climate catastrophe, not adversaries”.

Klimt’s work is an Art Nouveau oil painting on canvas depicting death on the left side and a group of partially nude embracing people on the right. It is one of the latest works of art to be targeted by climate activists in recent months.

In Germany, they threw mashed potatoes in a painting by Claude Monet, while the British group Just Stop Oil tossed tomato soup in Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers at the National Gallery in London last month.

Activists throw tomato soup at Van Gogh’s Sunflowers at the National Gallery – video

activists too stuck to John Constable’s The Hay Wain at the National Gallery, and within the framework of one of the first copy of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

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