Leiden, July 15, 2020, 11:26 AM by the editors
Climate groups protest tomorrow at the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave during the opening of the new exhibition ‘Infected!’ by King Willem-Alexander. The protest is directed against the museum’s main partner: the oil and gas multinational Shell. During the protest, the activists are distributing petroleum-colored soap to the press and passers-by with the message ‘Shell contaminates the museum Boerhaave.’
The activists from the groups Extinction Rebellion, Fossil Free NL and Code Rood call on Boerhaave to sever ties with Shell. In an open letter, they request the museum to ‘decontaminate’ itself by, among other things, severing its sponsor relationship with Shell and not allowing people with interests in the fossil industry on the Supervisory Board. The activists think it is harmful that Shell has the good image of the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave used to ‘blind people to the flip side of Shell’s fossil business model: climate change, ecocide and human rights violations’.