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

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

Sat - 23/02/19

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park,Walthamstow,London, Forest Rd, Walthamstow, London E17 4PP, UK

Event Details

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.

23 February to 26 May 2019

Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm


Saturday 23rd of February, 2019

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Nearest Stations

Underground station Tube: Walthamstow Central (14 min walk)

  • Ashmolean Museum
  • University of Oxford
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