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Art under Control in North Korea
     

Art under Control in North Korea

by Jane Portal
 

ISBN-10: 1861892365

ISBN-13: 9781861892362

Pub. Date: 08/15/2005

Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited


Nuclear bombs and geopolitical controversy are often the first things associated with North Korea and its volatile leader Kim Jong-II. Yet behind the secretive curtain of this isolated nation also lies a little-known and slowly expanding world of art.

Art Under Control in North Korea is the first Western publication to explore the state-controlled role of

Overview


Nuclear bombs and geopolitical controversy are often the first things associated with North Korea and its volatile leader Kim Jong-II. Yet behind the secretive curtain of this isolated nation also lies a little-known and slowly expanding world of art.

Art Under Control in North Korea is the first Western publication to explore the state-controlled role of art in North Korea. This timely volume places North Korean art in its historical, political, and social contexts, with a discussion on the state system of cultivating and promoting artists and an examination of the range of art produced, from painting and calligraphy to architecture and applied art. Portal offers an incisive analysis that compares the dictatorial control exerted over artists by North Korean leaders to that of past regimes. She also examines the ways in which archaeology has been employed for political ends to legitimize the present regime.

Art Under Control in North Korea is an intriguing and vibrant volume that explores the creation of art under totalitarian rule and the ways art can subvert a dictatorial regime.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861892362
Publisher:
Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date:
08/15/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


1. Art for the State
2. Historical Background
3. Politics and Society since 1953
4. The Kim Cult
5. Archaeology and the Reshaping of History
6. The Production and Consumption of Art
References
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Photographic Acknowledgements
Index

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