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Disney and Despotism: Why Governments Buy North Korean Art

by Henry Kaye on September 2, 2014
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As of 2011, North Korea has earned $160 million in commissions from international governments to build and export colossal sculptures. These monuments, with their smooth unwrinkled hands, joyous smiles, and innocent demeanor cover up humanitarian catastrophes with a hokey grin. Thus is the aesthetic of Disney Despotism.

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North Korea’s Utopia: Brancusi Meets “The Jetsons”?

by Andrew Wagner on July 30, 2014
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It’s rare that we get a look inside North Korean culture–the country largely blocks access to outsiders, while a restrictive U.S. embargo makes it difficult for museums to purchase North Korean art, even from third-parties. A current exhibition at the Venice Architectural Biennale, though, gives us some more insight into the culture of the notoriously isolated country.

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A Brief Look at the North Korean Art Market With Jane Portal of the Boston MFA

by Corinna Kirsch on May 2, 2014
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On collecting and purchasing North Korean art.

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