Koryo Studio (formerly known as Pyongyang Art Studio) is the first Western art gallery to commission and sell work by artists of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea. Founded in 1993 to display a collection of rare DPRK film posters, we opened our first gallery nine years later at the Red House in Beijing, China.
Our goal has always been to commission work rather than simply buy from DPRK art studios. North Korean artists work to a brief set by Koryo Studio founder Nicholas Bonner. This differs from the mundane and repetitive themed works their studios dictate; it frees them from the limitations and proscriptions of the DPRK art world and gives them more latitude to experiment. Furthermore, the recorded commission process gives provenance in a system where copy work abounds.
As well as pieces for sale, we have one of the finest collections of North Korean art ranging from the 1950’s to the current day. To encourage discourse we exhibit works from both our collection and commissions at galleries and educational institutions around the globe.
We have shown our collections with international public and private organisations and have published books on photography (Welcome to Pyongyang, 2002) and art (Art of the DPRK, 2008).
Koryo Studio Gallery
In 2008 we opened our gallery space in Beijing San Li Tun District showing both collections and works for sale. We pride ourselves on our close contact with the North Korean artists and studios, as well as the collectible and uniquely individual pieces we commission. We also work to develop the profiles of the most outstanding artists, and introduce them to the global art scene.
The studio is open from 10am-6pm, Mondays through Fridays or by appointment.