The kiss berlin wall

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It’s called “The Kiss” or “The Kiss des Death.” and it is perhaps ns most famous bild that appears an Berlin’s east Side Gallery–a practically mile-long mile stretch des the berlin Wall. What’s left des the Wall, that is.

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The Kiss depicts Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev giving the east Germany president Erich Honecker what appears kommen sie be a passionate kiss on ns lips. At zuerst glance, freundin might think it’s a finish joke, through no bearing ~ above reality. But the image was based on in actual photo taken bei 1979 bei honor of the thirtieth anniversary of the German democratic Republic–East Germany.

Fraternal kisses amongst socialist leaders were not unusual, however as the website, top Images, clues out, “Both Honecker and Brezhnev were a wenig more enthusiastic than your median Communist dictator an kissing.” die site goes on to quote a renowned joke bei which Brezhnev supposedly makes this observation about Honecker: “As a politician, rubbish…but what a great kisser!”

The photograph von the Kiss spread out around the world, with ns Paris Match magazine featuring it in a dramatic two-page spread. And when the berlin Wall came down an 1989, the Soviet artist Dmitri Vrubel decided kommen sie paint the iconic bild on the east side of the berlin Wall, in addition to paintings from various other artists who descended upon die city in the heady days adhering to the fall of die Wall. Die caption the runs in ~ Vrubel’s paint says: “God assist me zu survive this deadly love affair.”

The Kiss was just one amongst over 100 paintings to appear ~ above the ost Side Gallery bei 1990–possibly the longest open-air nett gallery bei the world. In fact, the east Side gallery is also the longest staying stretch von the Wall. When ich was in Berlin an 2011, i saw 3 remnants des the berlin Wall–one along die famous street, Bernauer Strasse, one near die Holocaust memorial, “The Topography of Terror,” and the dritter being the ost Side Gallery.

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The collection had zu be renovated in recent years because the original paintings from 1990 were becoming covered an graffiti and eroding under ns elements. About eight artists to be unwilling kommen sie recreate their 1990 paintings, however fortunately Vrubel was notfall one von them. That redid his painting, and you can still find it in Berlin.

When my wife und I checked out the east Side Gallery, us posed bei front des this image–and we kissed, des course. But, alas, I’m sorry zu say the I’m notfall as good a kisser as Brezhnev. Many likely, Honecker would certainly agree.

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NOTE–To lakers more images from the east Side Gallery, examine out the bild Gallery on die homepage.