Climate activists have tried to attack ‘The Scream’, one of the most famous paintings in the world

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In a new chapter in the attacks on famous works of art, climate activists have been arrested at the museum of Oslo -Norway- when they tried to vandalize “The Scream”, one of the most famous paintings in the world painted in 1893 by Edvard Munch. According to the authorities, the work was not damaged.

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The police specified that they had been alerted by the National Museum of Norway and that they had three suspects “under control”: two of them were searched stick to the frame while a third filmed the attack.

The museum said the hall where the glass-protected painting is displayed has been “removed from the public” and closed. The hall will reopen as soon as possible. The rest of the museum remained open.

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Video of the incident showed museum guards detaining two activists, one of whom said, “I scream for people dying!” Another stated “I scream when lawmakers ignore science!” while someone was protecting “The Scream”.

The Norwegian organization Stop Oljeletingawhose name means Stop Oil Exploration in Norwegian, he said his activists were behind the protest, saying they “wanted to put pressure on lawmakers to stop oil exploration.” Norway is a major producer of oil and gas extracted from the ocean floor.

“We campaign against ‘The Scream’ because it is perhaps the most famous painting in Norway,” Astrid Rem, a spokeswoman for the Norwegian protest group, told the Associated Press. ‘There have been many similar actions in Europe, they have managed to do something that no other action had achieved: achieve an extremely large amount of coverage and press,’ she added.

A repeatable methodology

This is the latest episode where climate activists have attacked famous paintings in European museums to stage their protests.

Two Belgian activists who attacked Johannes Vermeer’s painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” in a Dutch museum in October were sentenced to two months in prison. The painting was intact and was put back on the wall the next day.

Earlier this month, climate protesters pelted a Claude Monet painting in a German museum with mashed potatoes, and a similar protest occurred in London, where two rioters threw soup at ‘Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh at the National Gallery. they weren’t damaged either.

Source: Clarin

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