40 years on, the Cultural Revolution comes full circle – Clifford Coonan

From The Independent (link):

Red Flag-waving Chinese soldiers, muscle-bound peasants, nudes, dancing girls and women soldiers, and scores of Mao Zedong pictures, sculptures and photographs. Whatever would the Great Helmsman have thought?

China’s Cultural Revolution, which began 40 years ago this month, is the theme of this year’s Dashanzi International Arts Festival in Beijing. Much of the work confronts some of the horror of those 10 years of hardline Communist mania which saw thousands of intellectuals and artists attacked and humiliated by dogmatic Red Guards.


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