“No art on a dead planet,” they chanted, demanding an end to fossil fuels.
Activists blocked the institution’s entrance and staged a “die-in” inside the museum, condemning MoMA’s board chair’s ties to the fossil fuel industry.
The action was staged in solidarity with climate protesters Joanna Smith and Tim Martin, who were indicted for targeting a Degas sculpture.
The institution shuttered in advance of an action planned for the 33rd anniversary of its infamous art heist.
Changing tactics, the climate activists avoided gluing themselves to the masterpiece or smearing it with food products.
Extinction Rebellion cheekily called the action at Daily Mail offices its “Submission for the 2021 Turner Prize.”
During the two-day protests, activists explained that they “won’t stand by and let the Science Museum green-wash Shell’s reputation.”
Depictions of Living imagines itself as an act of protest, touching on both the microcosm of individual actions and the macrocosm of the Anthropocene.
The work was intended as a public appeal to politicians to make a more stringent and immediate response to regulate the effects of human industry and waste on the environment.
The museum acquired a selection of flags, prints, and designs by Extinction Rebellion, a recently formed environmental activist group, for its permanent collection.
Around 100 activists, led by Extinction Rebellion, rode around the city on bikes as part of the “Critical Swarm,” and then collapsed in front of the Tate Modern to symbolize the death of bee colonies.
Beginning on April 15, activist group Extinction Rebellion has staged protests and acts of civil disobedience in central London locations, leading to over 1,000 arrests.