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Exhibiting the Cultural Revolution, Part 4: Pictorial Posters

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“Proletarian revolutionaries grasp power firmly,” 1967, Central Fine Art Institute, published by People’s Fine Art Publishing House, featured in the Fairbank Center’s exhibition.
Listen Again to the panel discussion celebrating the launch of our world-debut exhibition of Cultural Revolution-era artworks, featuring Denise Ho, Julia Murray, Xiaofei Tian, Jie Li, and Roderick MacFarquhar.
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Julia Murray displays artist Wang Guangji’s “Great Criticism Series” to show the continuing influence of Cultural Revolution-era pictoral posters on contemporary Chinese art.
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1930s leftist woodcut art were precursors to the propaganda posters of the 1960s. Left: Li Hua 李桦 (1907–1994), “China, Roar!” 1936. Right: Hu Yichuan 胡一川 (1910–2000) “To the Front!” 1932
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Chairman Mao is promoted throughout 1960s propaganda, posters on display at the Fairbank Center
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Wu Shanzhuan 吴山专 (b. 1960) “Red Humor Series — Today no Water,” installation, 1986. This installation mimicked the style of Cultural Revolution-era “dazibao” but with banal, everyday messages such as “today, no water” as a commentary on life in twentieth-century China. The installation highlights the pervasiveness of dazibao and the Cultural Revolution in contemporary Chinese art.
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