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A breathtaking, thrilling and beautifully produced collection which uncovers the art and graphics of the Cultural Revolution
Hardback
Published:  03 June 2010


China's Great Proletarian Cultural revolution was launched by the Chinese Communist party in May 1966 and it ended with the death of Mao in 1976. The ten years of upheaval can now be seen as a great tragedy , which has been acknowledged within China itself as a 'cultural desert' in the nation's intellectual history. The scale of the human cost is unknown. The extent of the physical loss of the national heritage was huge. However, as a mass movement in which an unparalleled visual experience was imposed on and executed by the population of eight hundred million people, there is no historical precedent. The art of the revolution eliminated any distinctions between artists and the masses. The method was propagandist. the result was the glorification of the great leader, whose beneficient rays symbolically nourished the nation. The language of the revolution and its art was red.

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