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The Kiss
Georgy Rozov. Vodyanoy, 2003

The Kiss

Yuri Abramochkin » Vladimir Antoshenkov » Ilse Bing » Vladimir Bogdanov » Alexander Borodulin » Édouart Boubat » Viktor Budan » Robert Doisneau » Vasily Egorov » Elliott Erwitt » Harold Feinstein » Vladimir Filonov » Gilbert Garcin » Greg Gorman » Alexey Gostev » Sasha Gusov » Eikoh Hosoe » Boris Ignatovich » Yakov Khalip » Vladimir Lagrange » Aleksandras Macijauskas » Mark Markov-Grinberg » Arno Rafael Minkkinen » Nina Sviridova & Dmitry Vozdvizhensky  » Vadim Opalin » Ruth Orkin » Norman Parkinson » Wendy Paton » Alexander Petrusov » Romualdas Pozerskis » Willy Ronis » William Ropp » Georgy Rozov » Steve Schapiro » Jeanloup Sieff » Erwin Volkov » Sabine Weiss » Alfred Wertheimer » & others

Exhibition: 7 Apr – 12 Jun 2016

Wed 6 Apr 19:00

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography

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119180 Moscow

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Mon-Sat 11-20

The Kiss
Alexander Borodulin. Fake. Paris, 1981

The Kiss
April 7 – June 26, 2016

Let’s recollect some of the most memorable lip-locks of all time.

Is it the kiss from a handsome prince that would bring Sleeping Beauty back to life? Or the kiss of Judas? Or a so called “Eskimo kiss” with a tip of the nose? Perhaps, a fraternal embrace of comrade Brezhnev? Or all covered with gold The kiss by Gustav Klimt? Perhaps, you may recall a movie kiss? Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh’s in Gone With the Wind or the passionate and tragic embrace outside the trenches in Mikhail Kalatozov’s The Cranes Are Flying? What melodies come to your mind? “Besa me mucho” by Consuelo Velasquez or “Every step you take…” by The Police? A kiss is the most natural way of expressing sentiments of love and tenderness.
Similar to music, literature, and cinema, photography has its own impressive, famous, and extraordinary kisses.

The Kiss
Steve Schapiro. Under the Boardwalk, Coney Island, New York, 1960

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography presents an exhibition entitled The Kiss, which encompasses around fifty works by Russian, American and European artists sourced from museums and private collections from all over the world.

The Kiss explores love in all their manifestations, including a fervent Californian kiss overseen by the great Elliott Erwitt in a rear-view mirror, a nurse giving a welcome kiss to a French prisoner of war, who has just returned from Germany, witnessed by Willy Ronis at the Gare d’Orsay in Paris, and, of course, the archetypal mother and son kiss by Harold Feinstein. One may also recall Gina Lollobrigida spectacularly kissing Yuri Gagarin captured by Yakov Khalip at Moscow International Film Festival in 1961. There are so many kisses in the world…

The Kiss
Vladimir Antoshchenkov. The Kiss, 1995
The Kiss
© Harold Feinstein. Puppy Love, Crete, 1988