German Version


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

31.1.-28.2.2001 Universitätsmuseum Heidelberg

Mao’s Rural Investigations in the Jinggang Mountains
Mao Zhuxi zai Jinggangshan nongcun diaocha

Unknow artist
1971, Beijing
A picture of Mao as a young revolutionary leader visiting a household of armed peasant supporters of the Communists in the late 1920s, in the Hunan-Jiangxi border area. Mao’s experience in the region led him to rethink his ideas about the role of the peasantry in the revolution and to reject Comintern dogma. His informal seated pose is a popular one used in many portrayals of Mao and other leaders. This pose shows the leaders having “heart-to-heart” talks with ordinary people, listening to their views before giving them back reformulated into plans of action--“from the masses, to the masses.
Yiman Liu
Last modified: Sun Jun 24 10:55:20 CEST 2001