Fairy tales do come true but in a rather unusual art form. The National Art Museum of Ukraine is hosting an art exhibition called “Sleeping Beauty” which comes with a twist.
True to the old tale by Charles Perrault where a young maiden has been cursed to sleep for 100 years, a group of women have volunteered to play the slumbering damsels. In keeping to the original story where a true love’s kiss help bring the maiden to life, worthy male suitors in the city are invited to try and wake the ladies up with a single kiss.
But there’s a catch though. To be part of the fairy-tale inspired project, the modern day princes who are brave enough to visit the exhibit have to sign a contract that states, “If I kiss the Beauty and she opens her eyes, I agree to marry her.” The same applies to the sleeping beauties in which their agreement reads, “If I open my eyes while being kissed, I agree to marry the kisser.”
The art installation is the brainchild of Ukrainian-Canadian artist, Taras Polataiko. His ‘fresh’ interpretation of damsels in distress plays on the age-old appeal of romanticism and true love. “The tension of the performance is in the seductiveness and fear of the ultimate moment,” as described in a press release.
Five women have signed up to be the beauties and will take turns “sleeping” on an elevated bed for two hours at a time daily dressed in an all-white gown. “If it’s my true love, I will feel it on an intuitive level,” said one of the girls in an interview with The Telegraph. “Secondly, if I don’t feel it, I won’t open my eyes.”
The exhibition is currently in session and will end on September 9. Happily ever after? So far, the search for Prince Charming continues with no love match reported as yet.