The Belvedere examines the interpretations of "The Kiss" by two important figures in 20th century art: Austrian symbolist Gustav Klimt and American pop artist Andy Warhol.
Though united by the kiss theme, the subject had different implications for both artists who otherwise had nothing in common with each other.
Klimt's hugely popular painting of two lovers in a passionate embrace is undoubtedly the artist's best-known work and continues to be reproduced across the world over 100 years since its creation.
By contrast Warhol’s 1963 ground-breaking experimental film Kiss was a critique of America's then strict censorship of sexual content in cinema. Considered controversial at the time, the film features a 50-minute sequence of kissing couples – including those of the same gender – each kissing for 3.5 minutes.
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Klimt and Warhol: Kiss and Kiss
Upper Belvedere, Prinz Eugen-Str. 27, tel. +43(01)795570.