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By Jiehong Jiang

This ebook includes six papers by way of the students and the artists in China and within the united kingdom, discussing modern chinese language paintings with the impression from the chinese language Cultural Revolution.

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83 On one level, Gericault's Raft of the Medusa looks like a neo-classical history 81 Durkheim, Op. , 1995, pp. 218-28. 82 Interview with Yue Minjun, 24 March 2006, Beijing. 83 It is recorded as a tragic story. When the ship La Meduse sank at sea, its captain and senior officers took the suitable lifeboats and consigned the other 150 persons to a makeshift raft, from which only fifteen survived. Burden or Legacy painting; but it is also highly subversive, not depicting heroes with courageous endurance in any conventional sense, but a moment of profound human iniquiry.

The Red Guards filled roads and streets, spreading big-character posters and leaflets, rallying the public with speeches and wildly attacking signs of the 'Four aIds'. Supported by broad masses of workers, peasants and soldiers, they ransacked the city and denounced subjects by making a public display of them or forcing them to wear tall caps. It was a campaign that swept through the whole country; 'revolutionary' ideals of aesthetics were influential above all. In their great manifesto Declare war to the Old World, the Red Guards declared that, "We are critics of the old world.

A representative caricature depicts a train, in front of which is a handful of wildly dancing 'ox-monsters and snake-demons', interpreted as, "the counterrevolutionary economism, and any conspiracies and tricks of the bourgeois reactionary line cannot stop the wheel of historical progress of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution". The last group of the exhibition features another caricature: rwo big hands - inscribed with the characters 'geming zaofanpai (revolutionary rebels)' - firmly grasping a villain "representing the authorities taking the capitalist road and stubborn elements clinging to the bourgeois reactionary line" and who is perishing under attack by the revolutionary masses.

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