December 05, 2023

Kim Jong Un approves first paintings of himself in boost to personality cult

North Korean leader shown riding white horse and getting muddy next to luxurious Lexus SUV at state art exhibition

A North Korean art exhibition displayed a slew of new paintings depicting leader Kim Jong Un riding a horse and tractor and meeting with children this week, marking the first time state media has revealed such paintings in a boost to Kim’s personality cult.

The development shows Kim has lifted implicit rules preventing state artists from depicting him in paintings, and it comes after he ordered at least three tile mosaic murals featuring his likeness since last fall