Klimt and the Kiss
Art on Screen

Klimt and The Kiss

November 05, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Art On Screen season. This is an archived view.

Discover the scandalous life and the rich tapestry of extraordinary influences behind one of the world's favorite and most evocative paintings.

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is one of the most recognised and reproduced paintings in the world. It is perhaps the most popular poster on student dorm walls from Beijing to Boston. Painted in Vienna around 1908, the evocative image of an unknown couple embracing has captivated viewers with its mystery, sensuality and dazzling materials ever since it was created. But what lies behind the appeal of the painting—and just who was the artist who created it? Delving into the details of real gold, decorative designs, symbolism and simmering erotica, a close study of the painting takes us to remarkable, turn-of-the-century Vienna when a new world was battling with the old. 

D: Ali Ray, UK, 2023, 1h30m, CC

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