This year‘s Gwangju Biennale will have special guest artworks from North Korea. The Ministry of Unification has recently given permission for the organizers to bring 22 North Korean paintings into South Korea to be displayed during this year’s Gwangju Biennale in the City of Gwangju.
Korean-born artist and Professor BG Muhn curates the North Korean paintings in the “Imagined Borders” art exhibition, which will delve into the notion of belonging, national borders, personal identity and community.
The artworks Muhn plans to introduce in Gwangju include paintings of different genres, ranging from oriental landscape paintings and Chosonhwa– traditional ink wash painting developed in North Korean style — to socialist realism paintings. It will be the first exhibition to introduce artworks with the theme of North Korean proletariat, commonly known as propaganda paintings.
Remember you can check out both the ACC exhibit and the Main Biennale Hall exhibit with the same ticket so do not lose it.