On Friday, two people tried unsuccessfully to stick to Edvard Munch’s masterpiece “The Scream” at the National Museum of Norway. The painting suffered no damage and the activists were quickly apprehended by the police.
The activists, members of the Norwegian organization ‘Stopp Oljeletinga’ (Stop Oil Exploration), said they wanted to pressure lawmakers to stop oil exploration.
Local police said they took “under control” three women from Denmark, Finland and Germany. According to the Norwegian news agency NTB, the third person was filming the stunt. The outlet also reported that the climate warriors were chanting: “I scream when people die” and “I scream when politicians ignore science.”
According to the Norwegian police, there were still stains of glue on the glass protecting the painting. The three activists are likely to be charged with misdemeanors, he added.
The museum said the room with the masterpiece “was emptied of the public and closed”, and it would reopen as soon as possible, with the rest of the premises still available to the public.
According to Stopp Oljeletinga’s website, the organization demands that the Norwegian government declare “an immediate halt to all new oil exploration on the Norwegian continental shelf”, and have a “a concrete plan for a just transition for today’s oil workers.”
The stunt follows a string of similar incidents that have seen climate activists around the world target famous coins in protest against the fossil fuel industry. In recent weeks, eco-warriors have vandalized Andy Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup I’ at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, and another couple glued themselves to a dinosaur exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in Vienna .
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