In latest protest, activists color Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece in Austria

In latest protest, activists color Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece in Austria

Tuesday, climate activists poured a black liquid on Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece “Death and Life” at the Leopold Museum in Vienna.Climate activists on Tuesday poured a black liquid over Austrian painter Gustav Klimt's masterpiece "Death and Life" at Vienna's Leopold Museum, a spokesman told AFP

The museum’s spokesman, Klaus Pokorny, stated that conservators are attempting to ascertain if the painting shielded by glass has been harmed.

Last generation, a group of Austrian and German climate activists, claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter.

In photographs posted on social media by the gang, two individuals can be seen pouring a black, oily liquid across the renowned Klimt painting before being apprehended by a museum staffer.A security guard restrains one of the climate activists after they threw paint on the famous masterpiece

A spokesman for AFP reported that climate activists spilled a black liquid over Gustav Klimt’s masterwork “Death and Life” at Vienna’s Leopold Museum on Tuesday.

‘Stop fossil destruction. One of the protesters yelled, “We’re hurtling toward climatic hell.”A climate activist of the "Last Generation" group who has glued himself to the painting "Death and Life" by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt after pouring a black liquid on the art work at the Leopold Museum in Vienna, Austria

Tuesday was a free day at the Leopold Museum, sponsored by the Austrian oil and gas corporation OMV.

In recent weeks, numerous artworks across Europe have been vandalized in protest of the lack of action against climate change.A security guard at the museum managed to restrain one of the activists before police arrived at the site

They have adhered themselves to a Francisco Goya painting in Madrid, flung soup at Vincent van Goghs in London and Rome, and smeared mashed potatoes on a Claude Monet.In footage shared by the group on social media two men can be seen pouring a black, oily liquid on the famous Klimt painting

In response to the protests, several of the world’s most prestigious institutions published a joint statement last week stating that environmental activists who attack artworks ‘grossly underestimate’ the potential damage.A file picture of Klimt's 'Death and Life' painting before climate activists in poured a black, oily liquid over painting

More than ninety directors of world-renowned museums, including the Guggenheim in New York, the Louvre in Paris, and the Uffizi in Florence, signed the declaration.


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