DPRK propaganda at London’s most famous bookshop

24 04 2008

KJI Poster

Tuesday 29 April – Wednesday 7 May
Private View Tuesday 29 April

Opening times:
Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5.30pm
Sat 9.30am – 9.00pm, Sun 12.00pm – 6.00pm

To coincide with the launch of David Heather’s book on DPRK propaganda art North Korean Posters at the end of this month, Foyles is to be decorated with some examples of DPRK posters from David’s collection. The book comes from Prestel Publishing, and will be launched at Foyles next week. The posters will be on display from 29 April to 7 May. Foyles is at 113-119 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0EB [Map] The show is also listed in Foyles’s events page

This information was copied from London Korean Links blog.

North Korean Posters

This unique collection of state-sponsored propaganda posters offers an unusual insight into one of the world’s most secretive societies and the last great Marxist bastion. An exceptional survey of current posters containing historical and social statements from the last 50 years, David Heather’s collection will appeal to artists and graphic designers, as well as to all those interested in the political history of the North Korean revolution, and the nature of North Korean society today.

North Korean propaganda art is a fascinating variant on the better-known posters from the Soviet Union and China. The current ‘Great Leader’ Kim Jong Il described the characteristics of Korean painting as ‘clarity, compactness and delicacy’, and through the use of recurring images, slogans and colours, these principles can also be seen in poster art. The posters also have a clear role in illustrating North Korea’s hopes and fears in the face of international events.

David Heather, author of North Korean Posters (Prestel), is an art collector and one of the few westerners to be granted access to the enigmatic country of North Korea. To organise an author interview or for more information, please contact: Anna Kenning – publicity@prestel-uk.co.uk / 020 7323 5004

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