15. June - 03. October 2017 Bröhan-Museum Berlin


Auguste Rodin, Der Kuss. 1904. Bronze. 60,2 x 36,8 x 47 cm. Musée Rodin, Paris
Peter Behrens, Der Kuss. 1898. Farbholzschnitt. 36,3 x 27,5 cm Bröhan-Museum, Berlin. Foto: Martin Adam, Berlin
Andy Barter, Kiss (David & Fiona). 2012. Fotografie. © Andy Barter

From Rodin to Bob Dylan

The kiss: a minor gesture that has served as a great inspiration for art. Hardly any other ritual in our culture has exerted such a powerful fascination for such a long time.

The ambivalence and ambiguity of the kiss have had a great resonance in art, beyond romantic notions of love and passion. Around 1900, art was virtually obsessed with the subject. Art nouveau discovered the ornamental qualities of the motif, and in symbolism the deadly kisses of creatures like the sphinx or the vampire became very popular.

After the First World War, a fascination for the art of the kiss remained alive and well and reached another climax in expressionism. In the 1960s, the kiss took on new, sometimes political meanings against the backdrop of artistic and social debate. Subjects like identity, feminism, (homo)sexuality, and the body still interest artists today.

The exhibition begins with art from the late 19th century and traces the motif until the present day. It explores the complex meaning of art and reveals a broad panorama of kisses in various genres:

Besides painting, graphic design, sculpture, and applied art, there are also examples from photography, film, video art, installation, performance, medical history, and advertising, featuring works by artists such as Auguste Rodin, Franz von Stuck, Edvard Munch, Peter Behrens, Juergen Teller, Timm Ulrichs, Marina Abramovich, Cornelia Schleime, and Bob Dylan.

The exhibition "Kiss. From Rodin to Bob Dylan" will be open to the public from June 15 to October 3 in the Bröhan-Museum, Berlin.

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