Kiss the sleeping beauty art exhibition ends with an unexpected twist

A visitor kissing one of the sleeping beauties 
By: David Ross 

(Scroll down for video) One of the five sleeping beauties at an art exhibition at the National Art Museum of Ukraine, who promised to marry any visitor who woke her with a kiss, ended unexpectedly after she opened her eyes to a woman.

As we reported earlier, artist Taras Polataiko came up with a bizarre art idea. He selected five beautiful women, who will be like sleeping beauties. They will lay with closed eyes for three days at a time at the National Art Museum of Ukraine.

As they sleep, single men and women will come into the room and kiss the girls on their lips. The goal of this art project is to get the girls to open their eyes as the men kiss them. If one of the sleeping beauties opens her eyes by the kiss of a man, he will get to marry the girl.

"All participants sign a contract which states: “When I kiss the beauty and she opens her eyes while being kissed, I will marry her,” Polataiko said. The five beauties are single women, who are looking to get married, and they hope to “feel” the right one. The men who are entering the room to kiss the beauties, must be over 18-years-old, single and have a sincere desire to get married.

One sleeping beauty said: “If it's true love, I will feel it on an intuitive level. Secondly, if I don't feel it, I won't open my eyes. Anything can happen in life. What if it's the only way I will meet my soulmate?”

This week, sleeping beauty Yana Gurzhiy opened her eyes as she was kissed on the forehead. Gurzhiy was surprised to see a girl named Katya standing in front of her. It is unknown if she will marry the girl. Ukraine does not allow gay marriage, making it impossible for them to marry.

Gurzhiy feels that the non-traditional meeting was for a reason. “I believe it is not a coincidence we met this way, she is a very interesting person, I hope we'll have some kind of professional and creative partnership.” Gurzhiy said.

In a statement, artist Polataiko, who set up the sleeping beauty exhibit said: "I hope it will generate the discussion about the gender relationships in this society, and hopefully it will influence it in the progressive way. In terms of what the girls will decide to do, it's up to them."

The Sleeping Beauty exhibit was open from Aug 22 until Sept 9 2012.