Russian artist Dmitrji Vrubel has repainted his famous mural, “Bruderkiss”, in time for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The painting, showing Russian president Leonid Breshnev kissing Eric Honecker, the East German Central Committee secretary for security matters, responsible for the building of the Berlin Wall.
Vrubel’s “Bruderkiss” was painted in 1990 as a part of the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery, along with approximately 100 paintings by artists from all overthe world, painted on what remained of the east side of the Berlin Wall.
The inscription above the mural is in German and Russian: “Oh Gott, laß mich diese tödliche Liebe überleben / Господи, помоги мне выжить среди этой смертельной любьви! (Oh God, help me survive this deadly love!). The painting is based on a photograph of Breshnev and Honecker kissing in 1979 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany).
The 106 wall paintings have been restored for the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall, after their deteroriation due to graffiti and weathering.
Dmitrji Vrubel last week presented another copy of Bruderkiss to be placed in Madame Tussaud’s Museum.