Ashmolean Museum Announces Images and the State: Graphics In China in the 1960s and 70s

The Ashmolean Museum is to present Images and the State: Graphics In China in the 1960s and 70s open 8th March 2011 to 3rd July 2011.

Visual imagery in China during the Cultural Revolution was limited to officially sanctioned subject matter and styles. Simple graphics and bold colour prevailed in designs that were often accompanied by political slogans. Images of Mao Zedong were ubiquitous.

From posters, papercuts and matchboxes, this 2 part display of recent acquisitions demonstrates how images in the 1960s and ‘70s appeared consistently across the media, drawing on ancient popular motifs and how surprisingly, they were executed by artists better known for subtler ink paintings in the traditional manner.

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