Death and Taxes describes the latest development in exhibition art works.
Sleeping Beautiesâ€ in heavy make-up and long white nightgowns are lying on beds at National Art Museum of Ukraine, waiting to be kissed by the general public. Each girl has signed a contract with artist Taras Polataiko, promising to marry any man who can open her eyes with just a kiss.
And any unmarried male suitor over the age of 18 who comes to view the exhibit has to sign a similar contract: if the Sleeping Beauty opens her eyes during the kiss, heâ€™ll be her husband.
While installations involving real people are always weird, this one is something special: How does one open a sleeping personâ€™s eyes with a kiss without actually prying her eyelids open with his mouth?
One of the beauties explains: â€œIf itâ€™s my true love, I will feel it on an intuitive level. Secondly, if I donâ€™t feel it, I wonâ€™t open my eyes. Anything can happen in life. And suddenly itâ€™s fate. What if itâ€™s the only way Iâ€™ll meet my soul mate?â€ Which means the kisses will be mouth-to-mouth, and sheâ€™ll be choosing a husband based entirely on his kissing skills.