September 30, 2023

North Korean art in a Dutch town

Exhibition shows how ‘simple’ art reveals some deeper hidden messages

Although most people know relatively little about North Korea, both real and fictional events keep making headlines in global news outlets. The mysterious, as well as the supposedly bizarre and unique nature of the country of Kim Jong Un has fascinated Western audiences for decades.

That popular appeal undoubtedly worked wonders for the Drents Museum in the Dutch city of Assen. From April 3 to August 30, the museum is hosting the art exhibition The Kim Utopia, wholly dedicated to North Korean art. Although it is not the first time that a DPRK art exhibition has been organized on European soil, one can surely say that it is rare to be able to witness original artworks created by the Mansudae Art Studio in an EU country.