Rare portraits of N. Korea’s‘Dear Leader’ revealed
The exhibition, entitled “Flowers for Kim Il Sung,” also includes a model of the capital Pyongyang’s landmark Juche Tower and architectural drawings and photographs.
The 16 portraits of Kim and his father, the founder of North Korea, are being exhibited for the first time abroad, according to museum officials. The pair are the subject of an all-embracing personality cult in North Korea.
Kim Il Sung was declared president for eternity after he died of a heart attack in 1994 at the age of 82. His embalmed body lies in a glass coffin at a palace in Pyongyang.
Kim, 67, who reportedly suffered a stroke in August 2008, is widely thought to have chosen his third son, Jong-un, to inherit power.
But the museum’s director Peter Noever dismissed the suggestion. “As a museum of art, our job is to display art so that it can be discussed afterwards,” he said.
The exhibition runs until Sept. 5.