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

31.1.-28.2.2001 Universitätsmuseum Heidelberg

Chairman Mao Trusted Chairman Hua Completely; The People and Army Warmly Endorse Him Too
Mao Zhuxi wuxian xinren Hua Zhuxi; quanguo renmin relie yonghu Hua Zhuxi

Liu Renqing
1976, Beijing
After Mao’s death, artistic iconography attempted to glorify his short-lived successor, Chairman Hua. Hua Guofeng was a long-time supporter of Mao and had given early positive assessments of the Great Leap Forward in 1959. Promoted to the premiership after Zhou Enlai’s death and briefly Mao’s successor, he struggled with Deng Xiaoping for power. He successfully arrested the Gang of Four and, as the Cultural Revolution ended, he became the focus of a shifting artistic iconography. Depictions of Hua attempted to glorify him and legitimize his term in power. Note the vivid depiction of non-Han men and women in regional dress, joining the celebration.
Yiman Liu
Last modified: Sun Jun 24 10:55:20 CEST 2001