Kiss Kiss Kill Kill: The Graphic Art and Forgotten Spy Films of Cold War Europe
The Kiss Kiss Kill Kill Archive has presented several exhibitions of spy film artwork across the UK. The exhibition is available for hire and / or collaboration.
Previous Collaborations and Venues:
14 March - 7 April 2014
Leeds College of Art
Blenheim Walk, Leeds, LS2 9AQ
The last show presented recent acquisitions previously unseen in addition to newly restored pieces especially prepared for the exhibit.
29 September 2012 - 10 November 2012
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Penglais Road, The University of Wales, Aberystwyth, SY23 3DE
The most extensive show so far plus a Eurospy event with films and talks.
Saturday 18th June - Sunday 4th September, 2011
St. Albans Museum
Hatfield Road, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 3RR
KKKK is exhibited for an extended run in the heart of St. Albans, UK.
May 2nd - May 9th , 2011.
The Riverside Studios, London
Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL
KKKK is exhibited to coincide with The Celluloid Curtain—a season of rare spy films from the Cold War organised by the Goethe Institut.
September 10 – October 16, 2010.
University of Hertfordshire Art and Design Gallery
College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AB
Launch venue of KKKK - full exhibit featuring over 100 works.
Kiss Kiss Kill Kill is a touring exhibition which opens a forgotten chapter in the history of post war European film and poster design to public scrutiny for the first time.
The project offers an opportunity to view poster design for espionage films made on both sides of the Iron Curtain some of which, particularly from the Eastern Bloc, have never been screened in the UK.
The exhibition is a unique opportunity to study a range of different – and often decidedly kitsch – approaches to poster design. Different graphic styles in the East and West provide an expansive portrait of European taste, national identity and politics during the Cold War with the brash super-kitsch of the Italian cinema posters juxtaposed compellingly with the lo-tech ‘golden age’ of non-commercial Czech film poster design.
Kiss Kiss Kill Kill unearths films tarnished by the legacy of state control in Eastern Europe and films that have fallen into obscurity as a product of Western Europe’s overkill of the spy film genre in the 1960’s.
The exhibition will be a showcase for the epically trashy in 1960’s European co-productions and the leaden propaganda of communist film, it will equally also provide a platform for some real gems, which have escaped both the academy and the censor.
Richard Rhys Davies is curator of both The Kiss Kiss Kill Kill Archive and The KKKK Exhibition.
The show is available for International hire:
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