Sunday, June 16, 2013

Monuments to order - from North Korea

This is such a strange piece of information. The linked Hyperallergic article describes one of the most profitable North Korean enterprises: making art on demand for customers in Europe and Africa. This goes from realistic paintings to monumental sculptures, such as the 50m high one depicted above, ordered by the Senegalese government (image credit: Dorothy Voorhees). As a German official who ordered a traditional fountain stated: "The top tier artists in Germany simply don’t make realist work anymore. North Koreans on the other hand haven’t experienced the long evolution of modern art; they are kind of stuck in the early 1900s". Weird stuff.

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