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[GUIDED TOUR 導賞] North Korea’s Public Face 場面朝鮮:蕭惠姬藏品的二十世紀宣傳海報
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Event Type: Exhibition
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

Event Details

“North Korea’s Public Face: Twentieth-century Propaganda Posters from the Zellweger Collection” Exhibition

The University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, is honoured to present “North Korea’s Public Face: Twentieth-century Propaganda Posters from the Zellweger Collection” from November 29, 2017 to January 28, 2018. Organised in collaboration with North Korea scholar and Stanford Fellow Katharina Zellweger, this will be the first display of such material in Hong Kong.

Stylistically influenced by communist brutalist propaganda and ideologically informed by the core work on North Korean art—Kim Jong Il’s 1992 publication Treatise on Art (Misullon)—all of these state-commissioned posters promote ‘correct’ forms of socialist realism, thereby documenting the socio-political and economic policies communicated from the Leader to the North Korean people. In so doing, daily activities are aligned with political beliefs; for example, the metaphorical configuration of rice farming with the cultivation of socialism.

Beyond their overtly ideological character, the posters confer messages related to practical agricultural, industrial and social developments, while portraying a distinctly human picture of the varied urban and rural communities. Altogether, the imagery displayed offers insights into a country that few have visited and from which first-hand information remains sporadic and inconsistent at best.





Date/Time28/01/2018 13:30-13:50
Venue2/F Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, HKU, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 29/11/2017 16:00(HKT) to 24/01/2018 18:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

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