The wave of attacks that associations against climate change have launched in recent weeks against the main works of art in the world has not finished. The last canvas that has suffered an attack has been Death and Lifea famous oil painting by the Austrian modernist Gustav Klimt which is exhibited in the Leopold Museum in Vienna. Two activists have broken into the room where the painting is displayed and have sprayed with a black oily liquid.
The action has been claimed by the last generation group, who has shared the images on his social networks, in which a member of the museum security is seen reducing one of the activists while another sticks to the protective glass of the work. Both people have thrown the liquid to the cry of “new oil and gas wells are a death sentence for humanity”.
“The restorers are working to determine if the painting protected by glass has been damaged,” the museum spokesman told AFP. Klaus Pokorny. According to Austrian state television, the canvas would not have suffered any damage.
🛢️URGENT: Klimt’s “Death and Life” in the Leopold Museum covered in oil🛢️
People of the last generation poured oil on the Klimt painting “Death and Life” in the Leopold Museum today. New oil and gas wells are a death sentence for humanity. pic.twitter.com/4QKAklB9Af
— Last Generation Austria (@lastgenAT) November 15, 2022
Death and Life (1910/15) is considered as one of Klimt’s main allegories, in which he used a bold composition to address the cycle of human life. The painting faces a stream of nude bodies – a mother and child, an old woman or a couple – surrounded by colorful decorations with the solitary and dark figure of death, on the left.
Last Friday, another group of ecologists from a group that denounces the consequences of oil exploitation tried, unsuccessfully, to stick to the frame of the famous painting The Screamof Edvard Munch, at the National Museum in Oslo, Norway. The attempted attack resulted in the arrest of three people.
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The wave of attacks against the art world has affected works such as the pestles of Goya, The girl of the pearl of Vermeer, The sunflowers of Van Gogh, the haystacks of Monet o The Gioconda of Da Vinci, among many. Last week the directors of a hundred museums signed a joint declaration to denounce the attacks and declared themselves “moved by its dangerousness.”