Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) conducted two inspections in the Pyongyang area, one day before the 4th Party Conference at which he is widely anticipated to assume two of his deceased father’s senior party positions. His first visit was to the construction site of the People’s Theater, which was his first reported public appearance since his inspection of Korean People’s Army [KPA] Navy Unit #155. Both of these visits were to civilian locations, however the expressed purpose of his visit was to acknowledge the work of KPA construction crews. This fits into a recent pattern, identified in South Korea media, that even KJU’s visits to civilian locales is tethered to the KPA.
In the first news item, completion of the People’s Theater, is explicitly identified as one of Kim Jong Il’s “behests.” KCNA reports:
Going round the inside and outside of the theatre for hours, he learned in detail about the construction.
The plan of building the theatre was in the mind of leader Kim Jong Il from some ten years ago and it was a project particularly favored by him even during the last moments of his life, Kim Jong Un said, adding with pleasure that now we have carried out one of the behests of the leader, who had always been thinking about building the best theatre for the Korean people.
The theatre is new and peculiar in the architecture and content and immaculate in all from its design to the construction, the supreme commander said, adding that Kim Jong Il would have been very much pleased if he had seen the theatre that has been built as a grand edifice since he had devoted all his life to the people.
Calling the People’s Theatre an excellent cultural and arts seat in the Songun era which can be boasted for its elegant and majestic harmony, elaboration and modernity, the supreme leader expressed great satisfaction. He said now it has become possible to hand down to posterity another valuable treasure indicative of the tradition of the Juche-oriented arts.
He highly estimated the feats performed by soldier builders who took charge of the project, and extended thanks to them.
He called for actively exploring and designing new, original and peculiar architecture so as to build more structures suited to the feelings of the Koreans and their aesthetic desire. He also called for effecting steady renovation in the formative and artistic representation of architectural buildings.
Kim Jong Un’s second visit was to the State Industrial Art Center. KCNA reports:
The newly-built State Industrial Art Centre has rooms for creation and offices where all departments of the Korean Industrial Art Studio, the Korean Industrial Art Information Exchange Agency and the Central Industrial Art Guidance Bureau can work.
The State Industrial Art Exhibition is due to open with splendor at the State Industrial Art Centre to mark the centenary of the birth of Kim Il Sung under the sponsorship of the Central Industrial Art Guidance Bureau and the Central Committee of the Artists Union of Korea.
He went round various places of the venue of the exhibition for hours prior to its inaugural ceremony.
He was briefed on the construction of the State Industrial Art Centre.
He highly praised the soldier-builders for having successfully built a modern creating center and extended thanks to them.
At the ground floor of the exhibition hall he saw with keen attention more than 1 700 designs and data of various kinds created in the field of industrial art under the direct guidance of the three commanders of Mt. Paektu up to this date from the period of the anti-Japanese armed struggle.
He dropped in at the first floor of the exhibition hall where he saw one by one at least 1 000 designs and products of various kinds created by the Korean Industrial Art Studio, industrial art studios in each province, industrial art creation units of ministries and national institutions and teachers and students in the field of education including Pyongyang University of Fine Art and industrial art amateurs.
He gave precious instructions for developing the nation’s industrial art as required by the new century.
He said that drawing trademarks to be vivid and truthful like caricatures would be worth watching, attract people’s eyes and arouse their curiosity about products.
It is necessary to successfully conduct publicity work about industrial art and positively promote it so that people may have proper understanding of it and show deep interest in it, he said.
He underscored the need to widely introduce the excellent industrial art of the country through interviews, visits and exchanges with other countries as there appeared the comprehensive State Industrial Art Centre.
He expressed hope that the industrial art creators and amateurs would produce better and more successful designs and products in the future.