Climate Activists Strike Again: What Happened To A Museum's Egyptian Mummy?

Climate activists threw Coca-Cola on the glass display case containing a copy of a mummy at the Egyptian Museum in Barcelona.

They did this to denounce the inaction of governments meeting in Cop27 in Egypt to fight climate change. Two young activists, a man, and a woman from the group Futuro Vegetal sprayed the display case and then the walls using plastic Coca-Cola bottles.

They then unfurled a large banner calling for "Climate Justice", denouncing a "COPCA COLA", referring to the Cop27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, and Coca-Cola, one of the official sponsors of the conference.

The soft drinks giant is accused by many environmental NGOs of polluting activities around the world, mainly because of its massive production of plastic bottles.

Once the police arrived, the young activists were cooperative and were not arrested. However, the Egyptian Museum said it intends to file a complaint for the damage caused.

The Climate Activists Are Vandalizing Works Of Art Around The World

In recent weeks, climate activists carried out several such vandalizing actions targeting iconic buildings and famous works of art, valued at tens of millions of dollars, in several European cities. Their intention is the draw attention to the climate crisis.

On December 15, activists poured a black, oily liquid on Klimt's "Death and Life" in the Leopold Museum.

Prior to this, climate activists throw Maple Syrup at Emily Carr's "Stumps and Sky" at Vancouver Art Gallery "to demand an end to the Coastal GasLink Pipeline currently drilling under the sacred Wedzin Kwa river on unceded @Gidimten Wet'suwet'en lands".

On 5 November, other activists stuck their hands to the frames of Francisco Goya paintings at the Prado museum in Madrid to draw attention to global warming, an action deemed "unjustifiable" by the Spanish culture minister.

A famous Van Gogh painting - "The Sower" - has been vandalized in Rome with vegetable soup by environmental activists.

The Johannes Vermeer Masterpiece "Girl with a Pearl Earring" was also targeted.  

Mashed potatoes were thrown at Claude Monet's painting "Les Meules" located in the Barberini Museum in Germany, and, in London, protesters threw soup over Vincent van Gogh’s "Sunflowers" in the National Gallery.

However, the paintings were not damaged, as they were protected by glass.

Environmental activists tried unsuccessfully in Oslo on Friday to seize "The Scream", the iconic masterpiece by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, to denounce Norway's oil industry.

On Thursday, nearly 100 international museums said they were "deeply shocked" by the recent actions of environmental activists against works of art. 

Photo Credit: Screenshot / Europa Press

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