Rare North Korea Propoganda Posters Go On Display For First Time

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A set of fascinating North Korean propoganda posters are set to go on display in China this week in a rare exhibition outside of the secretive nation.

North Korea tour company owner Nicholas Bonner, from the UK, has successfully found a way to put a selection of striking replica posters on show without falling foul of officials in North Korea.

And, considering Willem van der Bijl was arrested in 2010 on espionage charges after exporting propoganda posters, he’s probably pretty glad of that fact!

Bonner commissioned Pyongyang artists to paint reproductions of posters he’d seen in the country. As he commissioned them for artistic rather than political purposes, he was allowed to take them into China.

On Friday, the posters will go on show at the Pop-Up Beijing boutique in the Chinese capital.

Check out some of the best ones (with the translation of their slogans) below. Apparently, they love a good metaphor in North Korea…

Seed revolution is the core of agricultural development.

We build small and medium power stations by ourselves.

US imperialists cannot let their children know the truth.

Don’t be fooled by their art of disguise!

Love our machines like the anti-Japanese guerrillas who loved their weapons like the pupils of their own eyes.

Destroy US imperialists!

Let the exploits of the northern railway conductors shine!

Let’s destroy the manoeuvres of the US imperialist.

Let’s increase electricity production by reconstructing thermal power stations and building large hydroelectric plants.

Three revolutions, let’s advance the march of grand construction with Chollima (mythical winged horse) speed.


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