• “You must remember this….. a kiss is just a kiss…..” — remember the song (As Tears Go By) made famous by Louis Armstrong? 



I Do. More so now after a visit to Berlin’s East Side Gallery. It’s really street art. Graffiti, if you like. But if your art is inspired by the world-famous mouth-to-mouth kiss between Soviet leader Brezhnev and then Eastern Germany President Honecker, then it’s bound to stir controversy.

Frankly, it shouldn’t. There is a typical form of greeting between and among communist leaders, meant to convey that “special connection” among Communist brothers. There’s the so-called socialist fraternal kiss and socialist fraternal embrace. How so? Preceded by an embrace, statesmen from Comm countries do a series of 3 kisses on alternate cheeks. But when such leaders are exceptionally close, they kiss each other on the mouth instead. Yes, mouth-to-mouth as in lips-to-lips. 


The iconic bro-kiss-inspired mural done by Russian artist Dmitri Vrubel in 1990 is now the star attraction in the East Side Gallery on a yet another iconic remnant of a wall that divided Berlin — and the entire country — for over 28 years. Now that the Wall’s non-existent, will the world see less of this fraternal love? 😘


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