Art & Design

You Can Marry ‘Sleeping Beauty’ At This Ukrainian Art Installation

Art & Design

You Can Marry ‘Sleeping Beauty’ At This Ukrainian Art Installation

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Grand generalization ahead: If you’re reading this fine website, you’ve probably spent at least one brunch or happy hour listening to someone with a fine arts degree discuss his or her plans for an installation that’ll just blow your mind. With all due respect, all of their ideas have been trumped by a project at the National Art Museum of Ukraine. Artist Tara Polataiko has organized a riff on the famous Sleeping Beauty myth, in which a dozing princess lay waiting for her Prince Charming to awaken her with a kiss. For the installation, Polataiko enlisted a few women to lay sleeping on a bed where the museum’s male visitors would attempt to kiss them awake.

The catch? If the “princess” wakes up, she’s legally bound to marry her “Prince Charming,” per a contract that both parties are required to sign before participating. “The tension of the performance is in the seductiveness and fear of the ultimate moment,” says a press release. “The viewer will have to think twice before kissing the Beauty. The Beauty will have to decide if the ultimate moment has come or not. The show will end the moment the Beauty opens her eyes.” Polataiko himself added, “I hope they come, so it will be more interesting for the beauties. But I really don’t know. It’s a really serious thing, it’s marriage.” Which, yeah! You can watch a video below showing how the exhibit works. (h/t the Telegraph, by way of Gawker)