Maria Anwander‘s The Kiss is a performance art piece and intervention at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Entering as a visitor, Anwander ‘donated’ the work to MoMA without its authorisation by passionately kissing a gallery wall and mounting a fake wall label (which imitated official MoMA labels) next to it.
Despite starting out as a subversive intervention, it can be argued that the piece has become recognised and accepted by the museum as a work of art and not vandalism. Though humorous, this work engages with pertinent contemporary issues such as the artist’s role in the museum as well as the fetishization and authority of the institution.
Here are some other art interventions at the MoMA over the years!