German Version


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

31.1.-28.2.2001 Universitätsmuseum Heidelberg

Learn from the Spirit of Daqing
Xue Daqing jingshen

Ha Congwen
1966, Shanghai
An oil worker, who resembles Wang Jingxi, the Stakhanovite hero of Daqing, grips a rope attached to a pipe, as snow whirls around. A Mao volume peaks out of his coat pocket. The subject matter would soon be eclipsed by the political struggle themes of the Cultural Revolution (1966-69). The style here is more dramatic than the stiff poses often featured in the posters of the 1970s, when production themes were back in vogue.
Yiman Liu
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