As The Washington Post noted, the mural is an homage to a mural painted on the Berlin Wall in 1990 by the Russian painter Dmitri Vrubel, which depicted a fraternal kiss between former communist leaders Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker. The original mural was based on a kiss that actually happened in 1979—a common practice at the time. Vrubel’s work, which is still intact today, is named “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love,” which is exactly what you were thinking right now, weren’t you?


In an interview with the Baltic News Service, Čečkauskas explained that the animus behind the piece was inspired by the “similarities between the two heroes [Putin and Trump],” both of whom have expressed mutual admiration for each other in the past.

“They both have an ego that is too big, and it is funny that they get along well,” he continued. “We are in a sort of a Cold War again, and America may get a president who will want to be friends with Russia,” he added.

I am very much hoping that after Putin and Trump inevitably announce their engagement, their globally-televised wedding will feature Russia’s prime minister riding a horse down the aisle, shirtless. Thank Claude that Obama repealed DOMA, everyone—maybe Putin will follow suit?


If you would like some long shots of our Instagram generation’s version of this Klimt painting, here you go:

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