North Korean art!

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Heres probably a reason why most of us won’t want to be living in North Korea. Try imaging yourself dressed in thick stuffy clothing going to a club or wearing extremely conservative swim wear from the 70s out in the public. These would have been a major turn off for most people these day. However, you do not need to imagine how it would be when we can can have artists from North Korea to illustrate this in their propaganda art. In order to visualize how modern China would look like in the a communist interpretation, two artists from Britain commissioned a North Korean group to paint it out. The result is a mixture of how the North Koreans see modern China and applying their structures in their artwork. It is rather interesting to see the art work from a different perspective. This is part of the series call The Beautiful Future which also happen to be finishing up a show in Beijing.

“We wanted to show contemporary China as it could have been, if it had continued with Maoist ideology.” – Artist Nick Boner

Ancient paintings from China 700 – 1900

Pomegranates, Autumn Mallows, Chrysanthemums, Blue Magpies and RoosterNine Dragons

Ren Renfa Pomegranates, Autumn Mallows, Chrysanthemums, Blue Magpies and Rooster

Bare Willows and Distant MountainsCourt Ladies Preparing Newly Woven Silk

Check out some of the masterpieces of ancient paintings from China during 700 – 1900  at the V&A. They are available from 26 October 2013 to 19 January 2014. A lot of inspirations and ideas can be drawn from ancient paintings especially the way it is made and created and the culture behind it. China has one of the longest ancient history and it is definitely worthwhile to check these out.