A remarkable progress was made in the development of fine arts of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the year Juche 110 (2021) which was written in history as a year of victory.
It is proved well by those works selected for this year’s national art exhibitions and festivals.
In 2021 national exhibitions and festivals were held much more than before, such as the national sketch and calligraphy festival for celebrating the Day of the Sun, the birth anniversary of the great leader Kim Il Sung, the national art exhibition of budding artists, the art exhibition for commemorating the 74th anniversary of the Pyongyang University of Fine Arts and the second national sculpture and handicraft festival for celebrating the 73rd founding anniversary of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
In general, an art exhibition represents fine arts of a country and the spiritual and moral traits, resourcefulness and talents of its people.
Many exhibitions held in Pyongyang this year clearly showed the noble and beautiful traits of the Korean people and their strong ideological and mental stamina.
The Korean people have vigorously advanced despite all the challenges and difficulties throughout the year to carry out the important tasks for winning a new victory in building socialism of Korean style outlined in the Eighth Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea held at the beginning of 2021.
It was reflected on the fine art works selected for this year’s exhibitions and festivals.
Those works represented the thrilling breath of the times when the working people of broad stripes are performing fresh feats at their workplaces, carrying forward the fighting spirit of the former generations who built a socialist state on this land at the speed of Chollima, a legendary winged horse which is said to be galloping a thousand-ri (400 kilometres) a day, in the latter half of the 1950s. And they vividly showed the peculiar ideological and spiritual traits of the Korean people advancing toward a future while helping and leading one another forward.
Those works presented to the exhibitions and festivals also reflected the happy children, students and people.
They were very high in technique and artistic depiction.
Works created by amateurs and students, to say nothing of those created by experts, evoked admiration of the visitors.
Conspicuous were the etudes presented by students to the art exhibition for commemorating the 74th anniversary of the Pyongyang University of Fine Arts.
Merited Artist Hong Su Gang, Deputy Department Head of the Pyongyang University of Fine Arts, says: “Those works vividly reflected the enthusiasm of builders as well as the atmosphere of the site of construction of 10,000 flats in Pyongyang City. So there was a unanimous opinion on giving top grade to more than 130 etudes. We decided to give top grade to all of them.”
Works presented by children and students to festivals were highly estimated.
Those works presented to the national art exhibition of budding artists clearly showed the enthusiasm of young artists to create a greater number of wonderful masterpieces combining the unique and excellent traditional techniques of the Korean nation and modern ones, and the bright prospect of fine arts of Korea.
Indeed, those fine art works reflected the people who have vigorously advanced under the leadership of the great WPK, and a remarkable year.