DPRK: Artists Art & Culture

Information and reviews about the exhibitions of work by artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Studio, held in London in late 2007 and early 2008.

Such was the quantity of good material that Mansudae sent to London last year for the exhibition at La Galleria that there wasn’t enough space to show it all. So for two weeks this month there will be an opportunity to see some of the work that didn’t make it on to the walls. Last […]

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Embroidery, celadon and a Juche paradise opposite the Institute of Directors

by Philip Gowman 26 August 2007
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The exhibition at La Galleria is entering its last two weeks. A number of the artworks that were in the gallery last time I visited are no longer there, having found good homes1, and the opportunity has been taken to move some of the pictures around to give more prominents positions to some artists previously […]

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Growing interest in DPRK art show

by Philip Gowman 5 August 2007
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The North Korean art exhibition in Pall Mall is gathering momentum. A small-scale re-hang has seen more propaganda posters in the window facing the Institute of Directors (above), which encourages passing traffic. The jewel painting is now hung so that pedestrians in the Royal Opera Arcade get greeted by it. The big painting of the […]

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A North Korean coup, years in the planning

by Philip Gowman 30 July 2007
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Prologue The North Korean flag stirred gently in the breeze in Pall Mall, the heart of London’s clubland, a few hundred yards from Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square. An elderly gentleman pottered up the steps to the Athenaeum. The blue and red flag caught his eye, but its significance did not register. A young woman […]

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Artists, Art and Culture of D. P. R. Korea

by Susan Pares 21 July 2007
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By Susan Pares For what is said to be the first time, the arts of North Korea hit the London gallery scene. North Korean contemporary art can be viewed periodically at the Korea Gallery of the British Museum, but this exhibition offers the chance for larger exposure to media and themes that are typical of […]

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Coming soon: Artists, art and culture of North Korea

by Philip Gowman 2 July 2007
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In what has got to be a contender for the Korean cultural event of the year, if only for rarity value, a varied collection of artworks has arrived from North Korea’s Mansudae studio for the exhibition later this month, Artists, Art and Culture of North Korea. Some of North Korea’s most famous art works will […]

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Wide range of North Korean art on show this summer

by Philip Gowman 4 June 2007
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David Heather, who is organising the exhibition of North Korean Art at La Galleria in Pall Mall this summer, has just emailed me images of some of the work which is being sent from the Mansudae studio in Pyongyang for the London exhibition. So here’s a flavour of what is to come: I have a […]

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More news on DPRK London art exhibition

by Philip Gowman 15 April 2007
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I’ve just received further information on the artists whose work will be on display in London this summer. It’s the top artists in the DPRK, and there should be something for everyone. The artists are: Jong Chang Mo (정창모) (People’s Artist, Kim Il Song Prize) – Korean Painting Son U Yong (선우영) (People’s Artist, Kim […]

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DPRK art exhibition coming to London

by Philip Gowman 6 April 2007
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With commendable forward publicity for a Korean cultural event, I hear of an exciting DPRK art exhibition coming to London in July and August this year. From 18 July to 31 August at a gallery space just off Trafalgar Square, it’s early days yet to have full details. But we know that DPRK artist Pak […]

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