In 1942 Mao Zedong declared that all art and literature should serve politics first and art second. During the Cultural Revolution (1966–76) this policy was implemented vigorously. Visual imagery of the leader and his state propaganda appeared everywhere – on large posters or small papercuts and on items of everyday use.
This exhibition presents a selection of Cultural Revolution art and state graphics that were collected in China between 1968 and 1979.
The exhibition can be adapted to suit all venue sizes from 150–350 square metres and will come with object labels and interpretation panel content and design. The exhibition will be available to hire for a 12-week display period.
All our touring exhibitions are curated by experts from the University of Oxford and based on original research. They utilise works of art and historical objects from the collections of the Ashmolean to tell fascinating stories across cultures and time. All curators are available to give a lecture as part of the exhibition package.
If you would like further information about this exhibition our touring exhibitions team will provide expert assistance with all aspects of the exhibition, from the planning stages to installation and beyond. We aim to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationship with our touring partners. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Song Wenzhi, On the Banks of the Yangzi River, 1973
Jiao Huanzhi, Long Live the Great People's Republic of China, September 1974
Qian Sijie, Long Live Our Great Leader Chairman Mao, July 1968