Mansudae Art Studio, a comprehensive art producer

November 23, 2022

The Mansudae Art Studio celebrated its 63rd anniversary.

The establishment of the art studio is inconceivable apart from the Chollima Statue.

President Kim Il Sung proposed the construction of the statue symbolizing the Chollima era in the capital city of Pyongyang and formed a sculpture production unit with over 50 talented sculptors in September 1959.

On November 17 that year, he saw the first draft plan for the Chollima Statue presented by the sculptors.

The President’s guidance over the first draft design of the statue served as an important occasion in creating it wonderfully as a monument of the times which is national in form and socialist in content and perfect in the formative arts and practical guidelines to which creators should constantly adhere in producing monumental works of art of the times.

The Mansudae Art Studio was inaugurated with the sculpture production unit, the production group of the Chollima Statue, as a parent body and it celebrates November 17 1959 when the President guided the first draft design of the statue as its birthday.

The studio has followed a proud course of over 60 years so far, producing lots of monumental artworks. 

The Tower of the Juche Idea, the Arch of Triumph, the Monument to the Victorious Battle of Pochonbo, the Samjiyon Grand Monument, the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery on Mt Taesong and many other monuments of the country are products of its creators and artists.

It also produced numerous masterpieces including Korean paintings “The evening glow over Kangson”, which is well known to the locals and people the world over, and “The surging waves of Sea Kumgang”, large embroidery “Mt Chilbo in autumn foliage”, large mother-of-pearl work “Pyongyang at night” and Korean jewel painting “Pigeon dance”. 

The art stu-dio’s master-pieces can also be seen deep in the underground of Pyongyang.

Large mosaic murals on the walls of the stations of the magnificent Pyongyang Metro depicting the happy life of the Korean people, beautiful landscapes and historical facts of the country were also created by the creators and artists of the studio.

The art studio, which took the first step with some 50 sculptors over 60 years ago, is widely known as a unit of distinguished services which won the Order of Kim Il Sung and Order of Kim Jong Il and a prestigious comprehensive art institution producing lots of masterpieces of the times.


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