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This article (written in English) examines how the Art of Socialist Countries Exhibition, held in Moscow, 1958-59, affected the local and global productions, circulations, and receptions of socialist realist plastic arts in Asia and Eastern Europe during the post-Stalinist era.

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This study probes how the cultural politics of the Thaw led Asian socialist countries to create their distinctive national art forms partly through the racialized media of ink painting.


I thank Susan Reid for her remarkable research on the Art of Socialist Countries Exhibition. My special thanks go to Piotr Piotrowski, who provided insight into the Polish section of the exhibition. Without their in-depth research in 2000, I would not have been able to write this essay from a transnational perspective.

Dr Victoria Young Ji Lee
State University of New York (Korea-FIT)

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This page is a summary of: Politics of the Thaw at the Crossroads of Internationalism: North Korea and the Art of Socialist Countries Exhibition in Moscow, 1958-1959, Journal of History of Modern Art, June 2022, Korean Association for History of Modern Art, DOI: 10.17057/kahoma.2022..51.008.
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