Wednesday 7 October 2015

‘The Kiss’ by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam

Syrian artist, Tammam Azzam, has used Klimt's idealistic vision of love to highlight the pain and suffering in his country.

Love is the cure for the best and most effective political art. The powerful and humorous Berlin Wall graffiti picture that showed a fraternal kiss between Communist leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker became a world-famous work of dissenting art. Banksy emulated its cheek in his mural Kissing Coppers. Now the Syrian artist Tammam Azzam has reused one of the greatest kisses in art to protest against his country's suffering in a war watched passively by the outside world.

Azzam has Photoshopped Gustav Klimt's painting The Kiss against a war-ravaged (and ancient-looking) Syrian building. The image has gone viral, being rapidly shared around the world.


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