North Korean art

News of a lunchtime lecture at the British Museum this coming Friday: Tradition and socialism: art and archaeology in North Korea Jane Portal Friday 29 April 2016, 13.30–14.30 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking essential | Book Online In this lecture, Jane Portal, British Museum, will discuss the dual influence of Korean tradition and the socialist […]

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Event news: I am Sun Mu screens at Human Rights Watch Film Fest

by Philip Gowman 9 March 2016
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The documentary about the North Korean defector artist known as Sun Mu gets two screenings as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. LKL’s review from last Autumn’s Raindance is here. I am Sun Mu Director: Adam Sjöberg Year: 2015 / 80m Language(s): English, Chinese, Korean March 13, 2016 5:30 PM @ Ritzy Brixton […]

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Film review: I am Sun Mu, at Raindance

by Philip Gowman 4 October 2015
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It’s always nice when you are rewarded for staying at the end of a movie to read the credits. Among the names credited for the soundtrack of Adam Sjöberg’s documentary film I am Sun Mu is kayagum player Jung Ji-eun, a well-known player and teacher based in New Malden. It was also nice that she […]

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Event news: North Korean defector movie I am Sun Mu at Raindance

by Philip Gowman 6 September 2015
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Coming to the Raindance Film Festival on 3 October, the European premiere of a documentary about a North Korean artist defector. Tickets will be available from the Vue box office shortly. I am Sun Mu 3 October 2015, 6:20pm ​Vue Piccadilly, 19 Lower Regent Street, London SW1Y 4LR European Premiere Directed by Adam Sjöberg United […]

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North Korean artists paint London scenes, on show at the DPRK embassy

by Philip Gowman 7 November 2014
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Seven years ago, artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Studios came to London with a wide range of works in a variety of genres. There were ceramics, oils, chosonhwa, embroidery, and of course the images that caught everyone’s attention: the propaganda posters. The location was opposite the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall. This week, a different […]

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DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition, at the DPRK embassy

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2014
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The details of the exhibition of works by artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Studios have now been released. The exhibition will be at the DPRK Embassy. DPR Korea Fine Art Exhibition Hosted by Mansudae Art Studio, DPR Korea & Heather Arts and Exhibits Ltd. sponsored by The Embassy of DPR Korea in London 3rd November – […]

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The London Mansudae exhibition – the Kickstarter project

by Philip Gowman 13 October 2014
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A few weeks ago LKL broke the news of an upcoming exhibition of North Korean art in London later this yeaar. The exhibition is getting closer – and a venue in W1 has been earmarked. You can be part of the event by supporting the Kickstarter project launched by the exhibition organiser, David Heather. Here’s […]

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Mansudae Artists to visit London from DPRK in November

by Philip Gowman 8 September 2014
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Some readers may remember the ground-breaking exhibition of work by artists from Pyongyang’s Mansudae Art Studios opposite the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall way back in 2007. As part of that exhibition, three North Korean artists came to London to greet visitors to the gallery. Here’s some of LKL’s coverage of the exhibition. David […]

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Tradition and Socialism: Art and Archaeology in North Korea

by Philip Gowman 16 March 2012
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If you haven’t read Jane Portal’s Art Under Control, it should be on your reading list. But to give you a taster, she’s giving a talk at Asia House on 27 March. Tradition and Socialism: Art and Archaeology in North Korea Talk by Jane Portal Tuesday, 27 March, 18.45 Security issues and geopolitical controversy are […]

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David Heather’s North Korean art collection returns to La Galleria

by Philip Gowman 28 January 2012
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Catch the last few days of the exhibition of North Korean propaganda posters and kitsch art from David Heather’s collection of works from Mansudae Studios, at La Galleria Pall Mall http://t.co/x8Io2z6C – till 3 February.

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Smugglers of NK paintings busted

by Philip Gowman 18 August 2011
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Do the math: on average one contraband North Korean landscape painting buys Kim Jong-il one bottle of brandy. (The article says the dealers’ “profits” amounted to around $24 per picture – assuming the margin is 50%, the amount the North Koreans get per painting is $24 per painting.) http://t.co/qmtXNfP #

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New book on North Korean Art

by Philip Gowman 7 August 2011
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New book on North Korean art (“Exploring North Korean Arts”) is published following the 2010 exhibition and conference in Vienna. Chapters by Jim Hoare, AidanFC, Koen De Ceuster & others. http://amzn.to/pP3LF0 #

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2011: the year of North Korean art?

by Philip Gowman 30 January 2011
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Is 2011 the year of North Korean art? As a Mansudae show closes in Moscow at ВИНЗАВОД, http://bit.ly/ffagtg … # … another show of North Korean linocuts, from Nick Bonner’s collection, opens in Toronto: http://bit.ly/fN8Ezg #

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NYT reviews Vienna show of North Korean art

by Philip Gowman 18 August 2010
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Some typically kitsch North Korean artwork at Vienna museum – coverage in the NY Times. The slideshow is worth a look. http://nyti.ms/bGdDbQ #

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Illusive Utopia reviewed in the Asia Times

by Philip Gowman 18 July 2010
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Looks like a fascinating book on North Korean arts. Michael Rank reviews “Illusive Utopia” by Suk-young Kim in the Asia Times: http://bit.ly/96S7hq # This impressively researched book examines performance in North Korea in great detail and in its widest sense, from theater and film to visual art and literature and even fashion

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Fake North Korean paintings in circulation

by Philip Gowman 7 January 2010
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Sunny Lee has a good article in the Korea Times: Fake NK Paintings in Wide Circulation. 9:44 AM Jan 7th. Philip: Good article. Did you get to meet Sun Woo-young when writing it? He was in London a couple of years ago. I assume the paintings on show in London were authentic, as he was […]

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DPRK propaganda at London’s most famous bookshop

by Philip Gowman 22 April 2008

To coincide with the launch of David Heather’s book on DPRK propaganda art at the end of this month, Foyles is to be decorated with some examples of DPRK posters from David’s collection. The book, entitled North Korean Posters, comes from Prestel Publishing, and will be launched at Foyles next week. The posters will be […]

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