Syrian artist photoshops Klimt’s The Kiss on war-ravaged Damascus building

To protest the destruction of his homeland, Syrian artist Tammam Azzam has superimposed an image of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” on the facade of a bullet-ridden building in Damascus, Syria.

The photoshopped image — which some mistook for an actual street-side mural — brought the eye of the art world to the artist’s war-torn home country after going viral.

According to Ayyam Gallery, the image “has been ‘liked’ by over 20,000 people and shared 14,000 times in only 5 hours.”

Azzam said in a statement:  “I want to discuss how the whole world could be interested in art and on the other hand two hundred people are killed every day in Syria.

“Goya created a work to immortalize [the] killing of hundreds of innocent Spanish citizens on May 3, 1808. How many May 3rds do we have in Syria today?”

The unique combination of viral artwork and political protest prompted art critic Jonathan Jones at The Guardian to write, “The painting whose golden ghost he has made to materialise on a ruinous facade is a passionate plea for universal love.”

Image courtesy of Ayyam Gallery.