B.G. Muhn

Professor, Art and Art History Department
Georgetown University


BG Muhn is a visual artist and professor of painting in the Department of Art and Art History at Georgetown University.  He has achieved substantial and noteworthy professional recognition through solo exhibitions in venues such as Stux Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, the Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul and the American University Museum in Washington, DC. Through his professional endeavors, Professor Muhn has received numerous awards for his artistic merits including the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Award and the Grand Prize in the Bethesda Painting Awards Competition. His artwork has been collected in museums and organizations including the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul City Museum in South Korea and Trawick Foundation in the USA.  He has also received acclaim in reviews and interviews in The New York Times, The Washington PostArt in America and CNN.  

In addition to actively creating and exhibiting his art, Professor Muhn has also taken a strong interest in and studied the relatively unknown field of North Korean art. During the past six years, he made nine trips to Pyongyang, North Korea. His research has been based on first-hand, on-site experience in the North Korean art community. He visited Mansudae Art Studio, the Choson National Museum of Art and a National Art Exhibition as well as interviewed artists and art historians. 

He has given lectures on North Korean art at numerous academic venues and cultural centers in the United States, Korea, and Japan. His research on North Korean art culminated in the books, Pyongyang Art: Chosonhwa (2018, Seoul Selection), which was originally published in Korean and later in Japanese (2021, Seidosha, Tokyo), and North Korean Art: The Enigmatic World of Chosonhwa (2019, Seoul Selection), written in English. 

As a curator, he was invited to facilitate Contemporary North Korean Art: The Evolution of Social Realism at the American University Museum in 2016, and North Korean Art: Paradoxical Realism at the 12th Gwangju Biennale in 2018.

Website: www.bgmuhn.com