"CHINESE ART DURING THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION: EXPRESSIONS OF REBELLION" - THE ECONOMIST, BY J.P.Wang Keping07 Jun,2013|ARTIST'S NEWS

Chinese art during the Cultural Revolution
Expressions of rebellion

Jun 3rd 2013, 9:36 by J.P. | HONG KONG

 

AT THE Asia Society in Hong Kong is an exhibition with a number of muted landscapes recalling Matisse or Cezanne. Quite a few capture scenes of snow. Made on scrap cardboard or homemade paper, these paintings seem innocuous, but they represent dissent. They are by brave artists who worked surreptitiously during and just after China’s devastating Cultural Revolution, when Mao Zedong dictated art must serve the state. This meant art had to abide by social realism—rosy-cheeked Red Guards striding into an everlasting optimistic future—or nothing. Dismissed as bourgeois, landscapes were dangerous to paint. The snow on roofs, footpaths and garden walls signified purity, a substitute for Mao’s urban drab. (...)

 

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