The exhibition Flowers for Kim Il Sung at the MAK, May – September 2010, offers a first ever comprehensive look at the contemporary art of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, including oil paintings, ink paintings and watercolours, and selected posters and architecture. Largely unknown outside its home country, it is an art that is alien to us and stamped with an overwhelming veneration of the Eternal President Kim Il Sung, who died in 1994, and his son Kim Jong II. Culture is also rigidly marked by the Chuch’e ideology, a specific interpretation of socialism. Art assumes a social function – it is not an end in itself and is subordinate to the revolutionary process. Artists occupy a special status; they are required to depict and communicate the correct attitude, behaviours, morality and values.