German Version


Picturing Power:
Art and Propaganda in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution

31.1.-28.2.2001 Universitätsmuseum Heidelberg

Urgently Forge Ahead and Bravely Advance with Great Leader Chairman Mao
Jin gen weida lingxiu Mao Zhuxi fenyong qianjin!

Unknow artist
1971, Shanghai
Mao stands before an enormous crowd of people, who are practically afloat in a sea of red flags. This poster is quite typical of those which defied Mao. While surrounded by his followers, Mao stands visually alone and above all others. The deification of Mao and the iconography which supported it were vital components of the Cultural Revolution. While all else was subject to criticism, Mao’s person and words were inviolable.
Yiman Liu
Last modified: Sun Jun 24 10:55:21 CEST 2001