Russian artist Dmitry Vrubel, who gained fame as the graffiti writer when Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev kissed communist East German leader Erich Honecker on the Berlin Wall, has died at the age of 62.
Russian media announced this last night, citing colleagues and friends of the artist. Vrubel lived in Berlin since 2010, the cause of death was not specified.
TASS agency recalled that the artist’s wife said last month that Vrubel’s heart suddenly became very weak after contracting covid-19.
Vrubel was considered a representative of social art. The graffiti known as God Help Me Survive This Deadly Love! or as the Brotherly Kiss, it has become one of the symbols of German reunification and the end of the Cold War.
The work was washed away from the Berlin Wall in 2009, the author later repainted it. The graffiti is based on a photo of a real kiss between Brezhnev and Honecker during the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic.
Remember the history of the Berlin Wall
The impenetrable wall dividing the German metropolis and breaking the ties of family and friendship began to rise almost exactly 61 years ago.
Vrubel became an artistic dissident early in his career, writes The Moscow Times website.
He staged an illegal art show in his studio in 1986, and the following year joined the avant-garde club, whose members were prominent figures of the unofficial cultural scene at the time, including writer Dmitri Prigov and poet Lev Rubinstein.
Source: Seznam Zpravy