Dream makers: The Mansudae Art Studio commissions in their local and global contexts
Rim Ho Chol (pictured) | North Korea (DPRK) b.1954 | On the way to work 2009 | Ink on paper (Chosunhua) | 200 x 200cm | Commissioned for APT6 | Collection: Nicholas Bonner, Beijing | Courtesy: The artist and Nicholas Bonner
Min Song Sik | North Korea (DPRK) b.unknown | Iron worker 2009 | Linocut on paper | 62.5 x 46cm | Collection: Nicholas Bonner, Beijing | Courtesy: The artist and Nicholas Bonner
In APT6, the presentation of art from the DPRK involves two parts.
The first group of works are the ten major commissions made by nine artists from the Mansudae Art Studio, as well as a group of sketches used to communicate to the Gallery the works the artists had in mind.
The second set of works includes 32 prints and 13 portraits included to contextualise the commissions and to briefly foreground a complex local art history.
We all felt that, together with the Mansudae Art Studio commissions, access to Nicholas Bonner’s superb collection of North Korean art was a significant opportunity to explore art-making at a particular moment in the DPRK.
After all, this is the first major presentation of work of this kind. The 69 art works in the DPRK component of APT6 consider a very particular local situation. The display includes art made as propaganda, acknowledging its real presence in the everyday experience of Korean people, and also presents works charting a range of influences and traditions specific to North Korea...Next