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Sleeping Beauty Exhibit

A 2012 summer art exhibit at the central gallery of the National Art Museum of Ukraine that featured men kissing sleeping women to try to awaken them. Each qualified male suitor could kiss a sleeping woman on the lips only once. If the man was successful, he would have a chance to marry her.

The fairy-tale like project was conceived by Ukrainian-Canadian artist Taras Polataiko who was inspired by an old storey of Charles Perrault, where a young girl was cursed to sleep for 100 years, only to be awakened by her true love's kiss. To reproduce the spirit, Polataiko cast several female volunteers as his sleeping beauties, each tasked with sleep performing in the Ukrainian museum for two hours at a time, from August 22nd until September 9th. Dressed in white, the women laid motionless in the museum's elevated display bed, awaiting a kiss from that one perfect male visitor.

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