The museum stated that the room the place the glass-protected portray is exhibited “was emptied of the public and closed,” and can reopen as quickly as attainable. The remainder of museum remained open.
Police stated there was glue residue on the glass mount.
A video of the incident confirmed museum guards holding two activists with one shouting “I scream for people dying” and one other one shouts “I scream when lawmakers ignore science” whereas an individual was shielding the portray from the protesters.
Environmental activists from the Norwegian group “Stopp oljeletinga” — Norwegian for Cease Oil Exploration — had been behind the stunt, saying they “wanted to pressure lawmakers into stopping oil exploration.” Norway is a significant producer of offshore oil and gasoline.
“We are campaigning against ‘Scream’ because it is perhaps Norway’s most famous painting,” activist spokeswoman Astrid Rem advised The Related Press. “There have been lots of similar actions around Europe, they have managed something that no other action has managed: achieve an extremely large amount of coverage and press.”
It was the most recent episode wherein local weather activists have focused well-known work in European museums.
Two Belgian activists who focused Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” in a Dutch museum in October had been sentenced to 2 months in jail. The portray wasn’t broken and was returned to its wall a day later.
Earlier this month, local weather protesters threw mashed potatoes at a Claude Monet portray in a German museum and an analogous protest occurred in London, the place protesters threw soup over Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” on the Nationwide Gallery. In each these instances, the work additionally weren’t broken.
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