August 3, 2009

Soviet and East German Leaders Share a Passionate Kiss for the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

This mural of broom-eyebrowed Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev French-kissing the former East German chancellor Eric Honecker is genial as well as hysterical. Okay, so maybe they are not French-kissing. But you can't deny that there is heaving, unbridled passion at play here. Can I get an ew?

Russian artist Dmitry Vrubel works on his painting depicting Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev's passionate kiss with East Germany's leader Eric Honecker, on a stretch of the Berlin wall. Vrubel is recreating his mural, one of more than 100 others painted by 118 artists after the wall was torn down in 1989, on a surviving stretch known as the East Side Gallery.

The Berlin Wall was built by the East German government and divided East and West Berlin from 1961 until 1989. Germany will mark 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall this year with an international commemoration in November.

Images via Artnet||dailylife

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