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Why South Korean pop culture rocks and North Korea’s does not

Culture | Gangnam style v gulag styleDictatorship stifles creativity and joy Apr 22nd 2024|SeoulNorth Korea’s rulers have always had strong views on art. Kim Il Sung, the regime’s founding despot, said artists should “arouse burning hatred for the enemy through their works”. His son and successor, Kim Jong Il, was such a cinema enthusiast that he kidnapped...

Mon Apr 22, 2024 20:08
Käthe Kollwitz, a pioneering German artist, finally gets her due

Culture | The working womanMajor exhibitions in Frankfurt and New York showcase her portrayals of the scars of warPhotograph: © 2024 The Museum of Modern Art Apr 19th 2024THE HAIR is wild, the face blurred and fierce. A despairing, naked mother hunches over her dead son and clutches him to her, as if to subsume him back into herself. When this etching...

Fri Apr 19, 2024 20:42
Much of the Great War was decided in the east

Culture | All quiet about the Eastern FrontA new history argues the Eastern Front gets less attention but was hugely consequentialDeath and the horsemanPhotograph: Getty Images Apr 18th 2024The Eastern Front. By Nick Lloyd. Viking; 672 pages; £30. To be published in America by W.W. Norton in August; $42Just 29 years old, Karl I was desperate to lead...

Thu Apr 18, 2024 17:19
Climbing Everest is the extreme sport du jour

Culture | MountaineeringMore people are reaching the summit, but more people are dying on the way, tooThe high lifePhotograph: Eyevine Apr 18th 2024Everest, Inc. By Will Cockrell. Gallery Books; 352 pages; $29.99 and £20Climbing Mount Everest used to be a feat of staggering bravery, endurance and skill. In the 40 years after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing...

Thu Apr 18, 2024 17:19
What is a 14-letter word for a constructor of crossword puzzles?

Culture | Get a clueA new book looks at the history of the crossword through the women who designed itBack to square oneIllustration: Alamy Apr 18th 2024The Riddles of the Sphinx. By Anna Shechtman. HarperOne; 288 pages; $29.99 and £22What is a three-letter word for “preppy, party-loving, egotistical male, in modern lingo”? Answer: “Bro”. When Anna...

Thu Apr 18, 2024 17:19
On its 150th anniversary, Impressionism is surprisingly relevant

Culture | Show me the MonetWhat the once-derided movement reveals about art todayPhotograph: James Hosking Apr 18th 2024|ParisTHE WORLD was not always an arena of Claude Monet superfans. “Wallpaper in its embryonic state is more finished than that seascape,” sneered Louis Leroy, an art critic, when describing Monet’s “Impression, Sunrise”. The painting...

Thu Apr 18, 2024 17:19

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