[EXHIBITION 展覽] North Korea’s Public Face: Twentieth-century Propaganda Posters from the Zellweger Collection 場面朝鮮:齊維格藏品的二十世紀宣傳海報

日期
29/11/2017 - 09:30 - 28/01/2018 - 18:00
地址
香港大學美術博物館
薄扶林般咸道九十號

香港大學美術博物館非常榮幸能與來自史丹福大學的朝鮮研究學者蕭惠姬合作,於2017年11月29日至2018年1月28日攜手呈獻《場面朝鮮:蕭惠姬藏品的二十世紀宣傳海報》展覽。是次展覽為同類作品首次於香港展出。

這批國家委託製作的海報,風格上受到共產黨粗放派宣傳製品的影響,意識形態上則源自朝鮮藝術權威之作——金正日於一九九二年發表的《論藝術》,它們旨在倡導「正確」的社會主義現實主義形式,以此記錄領導與民眾交流的各項社會政治及經濟政策。民眾的日常生活藉此與政治理念對齊;例如以大米的耕種來比喻社會主義思想的培育。

除了顯白的意識形態表達外,海報既傳遞了具實際意義的信息,如關於新農業技術,或工業及社會發展的內容,亦明確地刻畫了朝鮮國境內從城市到鄉村的不同人民群體的風貌。這些圖畫為了解這個較少人曾到訪、且屬於它的第一手資料仍難免零散的國家,提供了最佳線索。

我們感謝蕭惠姬賦予此寶貴的機會,讓我們得以與公眾分享這些海報,我們也感謝朝鮮民主主義人民共和國及瑞士駐香港總領事館的大力支持,使得是次展覽得以面世。

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.

We thank Katharina Zellweger for providing us the opportunity to share these posters with the public, and we express our gratitude to the North Korean and Swiss Consulates for their generous support of our exhibition.

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