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Bone and kiss of Klimt

The Kiss of Gustave Klimt and the inside of a bone are told by the biologist Jean Claude Ameisen.

An episode of the series "Correspondences".

Réalisation : Hervé Nisic

Production : Universcience, Inserm

Année de production : 2016

Durée : 1min23

Bone and kiss of Klimt

12 – Bone and Kiss of Klimt

Tenderness and violence of passion, a fusion of two halves, of two bodies that embrace under a great gold-spun cloak: The Kiss a painting by Gustav Klimt.

Embraces wherein we are born, fleeting moments, transient like life. But this heavy golden cloak appears to provide a dimension of mineral eternity to the couple that it envelopes and protects.

Here another mineral, this one alive: a hip bone. Hips that we imagine conjoined under the golden cloak of Klimt’s Kiss.

In this section, the cells that synthesize bone are brown and yellow, the bone itself is coloured green. The red coloured cells are those that break-down bone. Thus, throughout our entire lives, opposing forces constantly build-up and break-down our skeletal structure. With advancing age, those cells that break-down bone eventually gain the upper hand, before being vanquished in their turn. The splendor of the embrace is no longer. But we remember still.

Réalisation : Hervé Nisic

Production : Universcience, Inserm

Année de production : 2016

Durée : 1min23