NEW EXHIBITION

Leeds College of Art

14th March – 7th April 2014



Leeds College of Art

Blenheim Walk

Leeds

LS2 9AQ

 

KISS KISS KILL KILL

The Graphic Art & Forgotten Spy Films of Cold War Europe


An Exhibition of 50s, 60s and 70s Spy Film Posters from

The KISS KISS KILL KILL archive

 

Kiss Kiss Kill Kill at Leeds College of Art is a full remix of a touring exhibition first developed in partnership with UH Galleries and the Goethe-Institut, London.

 

The new show presents new acquisitions previously unseen in addition to newly restored pieces.

Kiss Kiss Kill Kill:

The Graphic Art and Forgotten Spy Films of Cold War Europe

  

THE EXHIBITION CATALOGUE



 

Kiss Kiss Kill Kill:

The Graphic Art and Forgotten Spy Films of Cold War Europe

 

The Catalogue



After many requests, The KKKK exhibiton catalogue has now been published.

 

You can buy here in our shop using paypal.

 

Price is £24.99 (€29.99 / $39.99) with free postage. Alternatively there are credit card facilities available at www.pinkcatshop.com

 

The book is a large format A4 all colour art book on 100g paper stock with over 100 stunning newly restored posters. All artwork from the KKKK exhibition is featured as well as an introductory essay by the curator Richard Rhys Davies. 

 

 

NEWS / UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

The KKKK Archive is currently developing several new projects. There is a large aquisition of new posters and stills being compiled and edited for the site, further publications planned and new venues for the touring exhibition.

  

The KKKK Archive : Home of Cold War Spy Cinema

 

The Kiss Kiss Kill Kill archive is dedicated to preserving spy cinema artifacts from the Cold War. This includes a poster and stills collection numbering 6000+ pieces and an extensive DVD, 16mm film print and music library. There are also examples of Cold War games for children. Images of all these artefacts can be seen on this website.

 

This website is designed to be a resource for the overlooked spy film genre offering reviews and images of little known films.

 

A key ambition of the archive is to conserve important cultural artefacts that reflect the zeitgeist of their time. The focus is on films and graphic art that fall outside the accepted cannon of “good art”.

 

The time span covered by the archive is 1945 to 1985; from Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech to Gorbachev's glasnost.

 

Original materials for all images on the website are owned by the archive.

 

 

The archive is exhaustive but by no means definitive. The most striking omission is James Bond 007. Whilst pivotal to the genre, Bond has cast an obscuring shadow over the other cinematic spies for sixty years. He is well represented elsewhere so he is absent from the KKKK archive although ever present in his influence.

 

Other omissions include hard to locate titles from former Communist countries, South America and the far East. Notably the many spy films made in the Phillippines are not properly represented here. (The influence of the Cold War can be seen in the cinema of many countries not involved in the main sphere of conflict. This was the direct result of the spy tidal wave created by Bond-mania.)

 

There is an accent on the 1960s golden age of spy films here but there is also much from the formative 1950s and the nihilistic 1970s. Films made during the Cold War about spies from the first half of the twentieth century have been included. Also some genre crossovers films are included if there is an espionage element. Genres that mixed in spy style included master criminal films, capers, atomic thrillers, iron curtain dramas, assassination and mercenary flicks, political conspiracies and the Italian masked superhero fumetti nero (black comic) genre.

 

 

The Curator.