Famed portray ‘The Scream’ focused by local weather activists

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Norwegian police mentioned two local weather activists tried in useless Friday to attach themselves to Edvard Munch’s 1893 masterpiece “The Scream” at an Oslo museum and no hurt was reported to the portray of a waif-like determine showing to scream.

Police mentioned they have been alerted by the Nationwide Museum of Norway and had three individuals underneath their “control.” A 3rd individual filmed the pair that attempted to affix to the portray, Norwegian information company NTB mentioned.

The museum mentioned that the room the place the glass-protected portray is exhibited “was emptied of the public and closed,” and can reopen as quickly as doable. The remainder of museum remained open.

Police mentioned 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.” One other shouted “I scream when lawmakers ignore science” as somebody shielded “The Scream.”

Environmental activists from the Norwegian group “Stopp oljeletinga” — Norwegian for Cease Oil Exploration — have been behind the stunt, saying they “wanted to pressure lawmakers into stopping oil exploration.” Norway is a significant producer of offshore oil and gasoline.

It was the most recent episode through which local weather activists have focused well-known work in European museums.

“We are campaigning against ‘Scream’ because it is perhaps Norway’s most famous painting,” Astrid Rem, a spokesperson for the Norwegian group, informed 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.”

Two Belgian activists who focused Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” in a Dutch museum in October have 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 circumstances, the work additionally weren’t broken.

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