|The exhibition comprises over 150 gouaches and 135 paintings. All the pieces were commissioned by the state and were originally intended solely for domestic use. This sizeable collection comes from Pyongyang, the only city in North Korea open to foreigners.|
The gouaches and paintings were originally intended for public buildings and hotels. In spite of the fact that twenty different artists produced the work, their approach hardly differs and the style is almost interchangeable.
The works were painted within the specific historical and socio-political context of the ‘juche’ ideology. Totally dominated by its leader Kim Jong-il, the state refuses any interference from the outside world, which is clearly demonstrated in the works on show.
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