German Version


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

31.1.-28.2.2001 Universitätsmuseum Heidelberg

In Industry, Study Daqing
Gongye xue Daqing

Song Wenzhi
1975, Jiangsu
The Daqing oil field in Northwest China was discovered and opened in the early 1960s. Daqing became a symbol of economic, personal, and national self-reliance throughout the decade of the Cultural Revolution, as exemplified in such phrases as “The Spirit of Daqing.” Daqing remains the chief oil producing region in China. This landscape-style is exemplary of the resurgence of traditional guohua painting in the early and mid 1970s, especially in Jiangsu. The poster also illustrates the wide use of models in Chinese political art. Such models were consciously presented as distillations of the ideas of the masses and illustrated national values, as well as specific solutions to national problems. Song Wenzhi (b. 1919) was a very well-known guohua painter, based in Nanjing.
Yiman Liu
Last modified: Sun Jun 24 11:00:21 CEST 2001