New TASCHEN Book – ‘Inside North Korea’
Wes Anderson, North Korea and Super-Surreal Architecture, etc.
The DPRK is replete with wacky retro kitsch architecture and pretty pastel panoramas — ‘for the betterment of the Korean people,’ of course. North Korea’s inner sanctums and public domains (at least in and around Pyongyang) are surreal, over-scaled, sycophantic, insanely stylized and look like amazing Wes Anderson sets.
London-based art critic and savvy shutterbug Oliver Wainwright charts the candy-colored craziness and kooky Soviet-inspired architecture in a forthcoming book, Inside North Korea, taking us on a fanciful tour de force of the Hermit Kingdom in all its futurist Potemkin village swank. Designed as a bright, shiny and grandiloquent ‘socialist fairyland’ by slavedriver Kim Il-sung (김일성 – Kim Jong Un’s homicidal and megalomaniac granpappy), we see Pyongyang as a place of grand axial boulevards linking gargantuan monuments, lined with stately piles of distinctly Korean flavor, to be “national in form and socialist in content.” Take a sneak peek of the beautiful and bonkers imagery below.
Inside North Korea is published by TASCHEN and will be available in July 2018. There’s a really great essay about North Korea’s aesthetic underpinnings along with killer captions. 아싸!
Images courtesy of TASCHEN + Oliver Wainwright
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