Exhibition: Cultural Revolution - State graphics in China from the 1960s to the 1970s

This exhibition runs from Sat, 23rd Feb 2019 to Sun, 26th May 2019. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Tue,
21st May 2019  
(10am - 5pm)
Wed,
22nd May 2019  
(10am - 5pm)
Thu,
23rd May 2019  
(10am - 5pm)
Fri,
24th May 2019  
(10am - 5pm)
Sat,
25th May 2019  
(10am - 5pm)
Sun,
26th May 2019  
(10am - 5pm)  <– Last Day!

Cost: Free of Charge




In 1942 Chairman Mao Zedong declared that all art should serve the worker, peasant and soldier. During the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-76) this policy was vigorously implemented.

Images of the leader appeared everywhere: bold, colourful posters combined text and image to promote political messages. The predominant colour was red – colour of the revolution – and when Mao was shown it was always amid a glowing light.

Traditional landscape styles were reimagined and now incorporated symbols of modern and industrial achievement. Even the traditional folk art of the delicate papercut, used to decorate windows at home, promoted ‘Mao Zedong Thought’.

This exhibition displays a selection of Cultural Revolution propaganda posters, revolutionary landscapes, images of the leader and intricate papercuts all of which were collected in China during the 1970s.

This is a touring exhibition organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.


Contact and Booking Details

More information at this website.

No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Location

William Morris Gallery,

531 Forest Road,
Walthamstow,
London,
E17 4PP

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