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Hand-Painted from North Korea
Buy from our collection of genuine one-of-a-kind North Korean hand-painted propaganda posters, paintings and other artwork.
This unique and rare DPRK artwork and political memorabilia make for great gifts--for you or for the person who has everything. Own a piece of history: some posters feature modern propaganda, while others feature themes from the Korean War or the Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula. We also carry a large selection of movie and cinema posters and original oil artwork from known North Korean artists.
Our buyers include art collectors, historians, professors and world travelers who are interested in owning cultural, political and propaganda war posters, propaganda cartoons and communist memorabilia. Find out why they buy here.
Please note that deliveries may be delayed leading up to and during the Lunar New Year celebrations this month. We make every effort to ensure that our inventory is properly updated; in some cases an item may have been sold in person instead of online and the online inventory not yet updated. In such cases we will issue a full immediate refund upon identifying items no longer available.
We expect to be listing some more inexpensive items and memorabilia in the spring. Sign up for our newsletter about new products.
What Is Totalitarian Art?
Read an overview of Igor Golomstock's book Cultural Kitsch From Stalin to Saddam about art produced by such diverse regimes as the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and communist China--with current North Korean art bearing an obvious resemblance to Chinese communist propaganda art:
"'Totalitarian art,' [is] a particular cultural phenomenon with its own ideology, aesthetics, and style. This type of art did not arise because of common threads running through Soviet, German, Italian, and Chinese culture; the cultural traditions of the countries, Golomstock holds, are 'simply too diverse' to explain the stylistic and thematic similarities among totalitarian works. He collects these similarities under the term 'total realism,' a genre that has its roots in the socialist realist art of the Soviet Union after 1932, when Stalin decreed it the only type of art acceptable."
Golomstock argues further that "the similarities within totalitarian art demonstrate 'the universality of the mechanisms of totalitarian culture.'"
Expectedly, this art often quickly disappears after the wither or collapse of the regimes: "Because they are so bound up with the state and its politics, the works of totalitarian art rarely outlast the regimes that produced them; they are quickly consigned to oblivion or destroyed outright by enraged populations."
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