Climate activists attacked Gustav Klimt’s painting with black, oily liquid before another person glued himself to its frame.
Members of the group Last Generation Austria attacked the 1915 painting Death And Life at the Leopold Museum in Vienna to protest their government’s use of fossil energy.
After throwing liquid on the painting – which was undamaged as it was behind a glass panel – one activist was ejected by a museum guard while another stuck his hand to the painting’s frame.
On Twitter, the group defended the action, saying they were protesting “oil and gas drilling”, which they called a “death sentence to society”.
In a video of the incident posted online by the group, one of the activists can be heard shouting that “we’ve known about this for 50 years – we must finally act, if not act.” crystal will be broken”.
“Stop the destruction of fossil fuels. We’re racing into a climate hell.”
Various activist groups have staged numerous protests in recent months, including blocking streets and throwing mashed potatoes at Claude Monet Painting in Germany.
The British group Just Stop Oil threw tomato soup at Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers in London’s National Gallery last month.
Members of the same organization were also glued to the frame of original copies of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper at the Royal Academy of Arts London, and John Constable’s The Hay Wain in the National Gallery.