U.K., 2023, 90 min, DCP, Dir. Ali Ray, Not Rated, Exhibition on Screen

Klimt and The Kiss

Encore! Saturday, November 25

"Familiar as the image is, there are new things to find out about The Kiss." —Andrew Pulver, The Guardian

"We should consider Klimt on this point as a rival to Caravaggio and even Michelangelo." —Helen Tope, The Reviews Hub

"The Kiss was never just a kiss." —Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

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The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is one of the most recognized 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 embracing couple has captivated viewers with its mystery, sensuality and dazzling materials ever since it was created. But just what lies behind the appeal of the painting – and just who was the artist that created it?

Delving into the details of real gold, decorative designs, symbolism and simmering erotica, a close study of the painting takes us to the remarkable turn of the century Vienna when a new world was battling with the old.

From the director of Frida Kahlo and Mary Cassatt – Painting the Modern Woman comes a powerful, gripping and passionate new documentary.

Reserved seating is in place for this screening.

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