German Version


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

31.1.-28.2.2001 Universitätsmuseum Heidelberg

Smash the Gang of Four
Da “sirenbang”

Wang Baoguang
1978, Yangliuqing
Children play at smashing the Gang of Four, Wang Hongwen, Zhang Chuqian, Jiang Qing, and Yao Wen. After Mao’s death in 1976, these four radical leaders of the Cultural Revolution were arrested and tried for almost every possible political crime. During the late 1970s, posters and publication attacked the Gang of Four with a vengeance. Here, the use of the New Year style imbues the poster with symbols of celebration and renewal, just as the four, revolutionary children are poised to replace the four corrupt politicians. This poster was published in Yangliuqing, an area near Tianjin famous for its classical paintings.
Yiman Liu
Last modified: Sun Jun 24 10:55:20 CEST 2001