January 18, 2022

Photos: War and utopia at latest North Korean propaganda art exhibition

National Art Exhibition in Pyongyang this month celebrates 30 years of former leader Kim Jong Il's influence in the arts

War, missiles, skyscrapers, industrial power, Kim Jong Un's horse, utopian farm life: These are some of the subjects North Korean artists are exploring these days, according to a state television report on the latest National Art Exhibition going on in Pyongyang this month.

The exhibition is being held to celebrate 30 years since former leader Kim Jong Il released a book of instructions called "On Fine Art," and the works on display appear to reflect a mix of modern subject matter and foundational ideological propaganda that has continued to be employed over the years.