Mansudae Art Studio
First Large Exhibition in the West
Genoa, Italy, May 17 - June 17, 2007
Contrary to other claims, the first large exhibition of the Mansudae Art Studio in the West —practically the first of North Korean artists—was held in Genoa, Italy, from May 17 to June 17, 2007, a project of the brothers Pier Luigi and Eugenio Cecioni. With more than 100 works, in a beautiful venue, curated by Pier Luigi Tazzi, an internationally famous contemporary art critic particularly expert in Eastern Art (among his many experiences, in 2003 he was one of the two curators of the inaugural exhibition of the Mori Museum in Tokyo), illustrated by a 200 pages catalog, this exhibition marked a grandiose entrance of North Korean art in the Western scene.
The exhibition was inaugurated at the presence of Kim Song Min, vice president of the Mansudae Art Studio and chairman of the DPRK Artists Association, Han Tae Song, Ambassador of DPRK in Italy, Senator Lamberto Dini who in 2000, as Italian Foreign Minister, recognized DPRK on behalf of Italy.
The Hermit Country - Today’s Art from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Project and management Pier Luigi Cecioni, Eugenio Cecioni
Curator Pier Luigi Tazzi
Image Angelo Plessas
Installation Gruppo A12
Coordination Elena Dall’Armi
Organization Andrea Cattaneo
Press Agent Edoardo Meoli
Cattaneo Adorno Palace and Doria Palace - Genoa, Italy, May 17 – June 17, 2007