"A rare glimpse into an isolated graphic culture" Financial Times
"Offers a new perspective by looking at everyday life there" Design Week
"A superb exhibition" ★★★★★ Londonist
"It’s bonkers and beautiful. All the best things are" @beccamagnus
Hundreds of original objects including food packaging, ticket stubs and stamps, together with hand-painted propaganda posters and comics, give an unprecedented insight into everyday life in the DPRK.
The exhibition displays the collection of Nicholas Bonner, the foremost expert on North Korean graphic culture, tourism and film, who has led tours to the country for 25 years.
It follows the release of his book Made in North Korea: Graphics from Everyday Life in the DPRK (Phaidon).
“This collection represents common objects given beautiful status by the hand-drawn graphics from North Korea’s most creative designers. Some of the work is elaborate but the basic designs too should not be overlooked – minimalistic simplicity creating beautifully rhythmic artwork.” Nicholas Bonner
Dates for your diary:
26 March: One-off exhibition tour with Nicholas Bonner at House of Illustration
28 March: UK premiere of North Korea’s first girl power movie, Comrade Kim Goes Flying, at Barbican Cinema (sold out)
19 April: Talk on comics from North and South Korea with Paul Gravett at House of Illustration
Important to know:
- One ticket covers admission to all House of Illustration exhibitions that are open on the day. Buy tickets below.
- On Saturday 5 May this gallery will open late, at 11am.
- This exhibition is particularly busy on Saturdays and Sundays between 12-4.30pm. If you would like a quieter experience please consider visiting before or after these peak times.