On Sunday evening, artist Dmitry Vrubel died in Berlin. About it reported Facebook editor-in-chief of The Art Newspaper Russia Milena Orlova. Vrubel’s most famous work, “Lord! Help me survive among this mortal love,” depicting the kiss of Leonid Brezhnev and Eric Honecker on the remains of the Berlin Wall, has become one of the symbols of reunited Germany.
A month ago, Vrubel was placed in an artificial coma. He suffered a coronavirus, against the background of which inflammation of the lungs and heart problems began. How wrote the artist’s wife Victoria Timofeeva, his life was supported by extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, artificial lung ventilation, dialysis and some others.
Dmitry Vrubel was a descendant of the prominent Russian painter Mikhail Vrubel. In the 1980s he was a member of the Moscow underground avant-garde club. In 1990 he moved to Berlin, where he created a graffiti that became a landmark for the reunified Berlin: the image of the kiss of the former General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU Leonid Brezhnev and Chairman of the Supreme Council of the GDR Erich Honecker.
Graffiti gained wide popularity and is still depicted on souvenirs. In 2009, the work was removed from the wall due to its reconstruction, the artist repainted it.
Most of the works of Dmitry Vrubel were devoted to social topics. In the Gospel Project series, he combined news newspaper photos with biblical quotes. In recent years, Vrubel has been developing exhibitions using virtual reality technologies. The artist was 62 years old.