Climate activists fail to glue themselves to ‘The Scream’ painting in Norway: ‘I scream for people dying’

Climate activists in Norway tried to stick to Edvard Munch’s 1893 painting “The Scream” at a museum in Oslo on Friday.

Norwegian police said two people tried to stick to the famous painting, while a third person filmed them. “The Scream” was in a glass protective frame, preventing any damage.

While the painting remained undamaged, glue residue was visible on the glass mount.

The video shows people trying to cling to the glass frame, with one man shouting “I’m screaming for the people who are dying”.

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People look at Edvard Munch "the scream" Sunday, January 13, 2019, at the National Gallery, Oslo, Norway.  On Friday, November 11, 2022, activists from the organization

People look at Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” at the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. On Friday, November 11, 2022, activists from the organization ”Stopp oljeletinga” (Stop Oil Exploration) tried. To attach themselves to the frame of the painting.
(Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix via AP)

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“I scream when legislators ignore science,” another person shouted.

The men belong to the Norwegian group “Stopp oljeletinga”, which stands for Stop Oil Exploration, and said they “wanted to pressure lawmakers to stop oil exploration”.

This isn’t the first time climate activists have tried to stick their hands in the paintings.

On November 5, climate activists in Spain visited the Prado Museum in Madrid to try to get their hands on some of Francisco de Goya’s paintings.

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Climate change activists destroy a painting to raise awareness about climate change.
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Activists glued their hands to paintings and painted “+1.5 C” on the museum’s wall.

In a statement, the museum said the paintings were not damaged and condemned the activity.

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Activists cling to Goya’s “Las Majas” in protest of climate emergency
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“We condemn the use of the museum as a venue for any form of political protest,” the statement said.

On October 23, activists of the Letzte Generation (Last Generation) threw mashed potatoes at a $110 million Monet painting in a Potsdam museum.

The group said they threw mashed potatoes at the painting to raise awareness about the dangers of fossil fuels.

“We make this #Monet the state and the public the audience,” the group tweeted. “If you take a picture – with #MashedPotatoes or #TomatoSoup – to remind society that the fossil fuel pathway is killing us all – we’ll give you #MashedPotatoes on a picture!”

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Sally Hickson, an art historian at the University of Guelph in Canada, previously told Fox News Digital that she questions whether activism really changes minds.

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“Will it convince people? It’s very hard to convince people when they’re blind to what’s going on around the planet. I don’t know that it’s going to convince any of those people,” Hickson said. “I mean, I think we’re living in a time now where people have very strong opinions about things.

Julia Masto and Bradford Betts of The Associated Press and Fox News contributed to this report.


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