North Korean art

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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DPRK art show, part 2

by Philip Gowman 6 January 2008
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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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Paekho’s architectural art

by Philip Gowman 24 September 2007
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I happened to arrive at the DPRK embassy at the tail end of the afternoon, after the reception which welcomed numerous dignitaries to the exhibition of work produced by the Korea Paekho Trading Corporation. I therefore had the works to myself: it was just me, Pak Chang Sop (People’s Artist and president of the corporation), […]

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More DPRK art in London

by Philip Gowman 19 September 2007

This is proving to a bumper year for North Korean Art in London. The exhibition in Pall Mall is just winding down, and we have yet more this week, in no less prestigious a location (albeit less central): on DPRK territory itself. On Friday and Saturday this week there will be an exhibition of work […]

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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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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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But is it Art?

by Philip Gowman 13 December 2006
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Encounters with Painters in North Korea 5pm SOAS, 8 December 2006 Koen De Ceuster, Centre for Korean Studies, Leiden University “But is it Art”?: that was the question posed by Koen De Ceuster on Friday night at SOAS, as part of the series of talks held by the Centre for Korean Studies. The talk started […]

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Jane Portal: Art under control in North Korea

by Philip Gowman 17 April 2006
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Jane Portal: Art under control in North Korea Reaction Books / British Museum Press, 2005, 192pp An interesting, easy to read book cataloguing the different art forms in North Korea. Some of the works, particularly poster art, have been on display in the Korean gallery in the British Museum. The book carefully avoids making judgements […]

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