These posters of Beijing, created by a team of propaganda painters in Pyongyang who have never actually been there, offer a very bright interpretation of the city’s scenery.
According to SCMP, “In The Beautiful Future series, North Korean painters thrust China’s contemporary life into the aesthetic landscape of early Communist propaganda. They place icons of Beijing’s modern skyline in the middle of golden farmlands, paint Red Guards singing in gaudy karaoke parlours, put pollution-intensive factories under clear rosy skies, and incorporate red flags and banners. People in the paintings either dress in the green army uniform, Mao suits or plain 1970s-style clothes.”
The images feature such famous locations as the Bird’s Nest stadium, the Water Cube and China Central Television’s headquarters.
The painters worked mostly off of reference photos, reportedly, as none of them had actually been to Beijing before.
The paintings were also based off of sketches by Nick Bonner and Dominic Johnson-Hill, two British expatriates who have lived and worked in Beijing for 20 years.
[Images via: CRI English]