An on-screen Exhibition of ‘Klimt & The Kiss’ at Spazju Kreattiv cinema

Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss is one of the most well-known and replicated paintings in the world, but the iconic artwork is more than that; It’s a tattered poster on the wall of many a bedroom, the subject of some art student’s research, and just a few days ago, it was this couple’s Halloween costume. On Friday 10 November and also Wednesday 15 November, it will be a screened film at the Spazju Kreattiv Cinema in Valletta.

It’s not difficult to see why the painting has lingered in pop culture since being painted in Vienna circa 1908. Not only is it a gorgeous piece of art, it’s considered a symbol of love and affection. At least at face value, it’s a vibrant oil-on-canvas painting depicting  two gold-draped lovers embracing, something that was deemed controversial in Klimt’s time. The sense of mystery and passion evoked by the unidentified couple enthralls spectators, as do the materials used to portray them. Gold leaf is a recurring motif in Klimt’s oeuvre, one inspired by his father who was a gold engraver.

However, what exactly is the painting’s appeal? Ali Ray’s ‘Klimt & The Kiss’ is an on-screen exhibition that examines the artwork further. The film is an intense, compelling, and impassioned look at the remarkable painting, challenging interpretations along the way; Could there perhaps be a darker nature than meets the eye? The documentary transports viewers to the magnificent Vienna at the turn of the century, when a new world was at odds with the old, and delves into the subtleties of actual gold, ornate motifs, symbolism, and seething sensuality.

‘Klimt & The Kiss’ offers a chance to learn about the turbulent past and the diverse range of remarkable influences that shaped one of the most famous paintings in history. The two-hour feature screens at the Spazju Kreattiv Cinema on November 10 from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, and on November 15 from 7:30 pm to 9 pm. Tickets can be purchased here.