Sleeping Mao or a Nightmare – Reuters

From Reuters:

Wang Wenhai worked for the Revolutionary Museum in Yan’an, in the central province of Shaanxi, the heart of the Chinese Communist revolution, where he devoted himself to creating thousands of sculptures of the late Chairman Mao, his hero.

…Sui Jianguo, professor at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, had invited Wang to create the sculpture and even helped paint it. And then, two years later, Sui’s own sculpture, Nightmare, featuring a bizarre dream scene with a sleeping Mao in the middle, turned up at an exhibit in San Francisco, the daily said.

…Wang is also upset at Mao being humiliated. “I was so angry I fainted,” the Beijing Times quoted him as saying when he heard of Nightmare being exhibited in the States. “I said at the time, ‘ah, Professor Sui, why did you not tell me? You are committing a sin. How can you equate Chairman Mao with the devil?” [Full Text]

Related article from New York Times:”China’s Long March Is Retraced With Artistic Steps

(Photo of Wang Wenhai)

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