Iconic Kisses

Museu da Diversidade Sexual

The Museum of Sexual Diversity - MDS, an institution linked to the Secretary of Culture and Creative Economy of the State of São Paulo, managed by the Social Organization Amigos da Arte, in partnership with the GUT agency, presents the exhibition: Iconic Kisses.

To prejudice, a kiss

Why are the most famous kisses in history always "the same"? Whether in cinema, photography or visual arts, only cis-heterosexual couples are represented. In Pride Month, Brazilian photographer Rodrigo Maltchique decided to change this history, invited real LGBTQIA+ couples and recreated iconic pop culture kisses. 
This time, free, without prejudice and diverse.

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The New Kiss: Reinterpretation of the work of Rodin

"The Kiss" is one of the most famous sculptures by French artist Auguste Rodin produced between 1882 and 1898.

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Retelling of the iconic gas mask kiss

portrait in London, 1940

In the original photograph a heterosexual couple, wearing gas masks, kiss under a branch of mistletoe.

According to the tradition of the time, those who kiss under mistletoe tree have the promise of fortune.

In the rereading of the photograph, we show the love of a couple of lesbian women.

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Pop Kiss

Photograph inspired by pop art

With makeup that simulates the reticulated dots of the comic books, a drag queen kisses her husband in a traditional pop culture pose.

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Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989

Lesbian couple kiss in front of police officers celebrating the reunification of Germany.

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Royal Love

A trans woman and a cis man retelling the royal wedding kiss.

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Kiss on the rain

Couple of lesbian women kiss when they meet again in a worthy movie scene.

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Kiss in the Ring

After the victory, gay couple kiss in the fight ring.

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The Lovers

Lesbian women couple kiss through veils, recalling an iconic kiss from surrealist art.

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The Queens

Couple of lesbian women kissing, reinterpreting a medieval love affair.

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Kiss on the train

In the original photograph, a British Expeditionary Force soldier returns from Dunkirk and is greeted with a kiss by his boyfriend.

ICONIC KISSES 

PHOTOGRAPHER
Rodrigo Maltchique

PROJECT DESIGN
Bruno Brux, Carol Pessini, Joaquín Cubria, Julia Mota, Linus Oura, Louise Mckerrow, Lucas Adam, Luciane Nuvolara, Marcela Gimenez, Marcelo Altschuler, Mariane Goebel, Mateus Carvalho, Mellina Fontoura, Nathalia Teixeira, Paula Perego, Pierre Kerchove, Raphaela Guillen, Thaís Schroder, Thais Souza Nicolau, Tiago Abreu, Vellas

PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM
Alt Retouch, Gustavo Uehara, Magu Marioto

SAO PAULO'S STATE GOVERNMENT 

JOÃO DORIA 
Governor 

SECRETARY OF CULTURE AND CREATIVE ECONOMY 

SÉRGIO SÁ LEITÃO 
Secretary 

CLAUDIA PEDROZO 
Assistant Secretary 

FREDERICO MASCARENHAS 
Chief of Staff 

CHRISTIAN LIMA BRAGA 
Creative Economy Coordinator 

AMIGOS DA ARTE 

JOSE GREGORI 
Chairman of the Administrative Council 

DANIELLE NIGROMONTE 
General Director 

GLAUCIA VANINI COSTA 
Financial Administrative Director 

JOSÉ MAURO GNASPINI 
Art and Culture Director

MUSEUM OF SEXUAL DIVERSITY

DIRECTOR 
Franco Reinaudo 

EDUCATION CENTER 
Ellen Nicolau, Leonardo Stephens Domingues and Rodrigo Alcântara da Silva 

MEMORY CENTER 
Leonardo Arouca 

PRODUCTION 
Marisis Pacheco 

ASSISTANT CONSULTANT 
Tatto Oliveira 

PRESS OFFICE 
Pevi Communication 
Pridea Communication

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