Yiting Dong z3325614- reading journal 2

The Mao Zedong image can be divided into the era of Mao Zedong’s image and the image of the post-Mao era. Mao era is the image of Mao Zedong was still alive. In this period of artistic creation of the image of Mao is divided into three stages.The main stage is from 1966 to 1976, the Cultural Revolution First erupted from the field of culture and art. This stage is the heyday of Mao Zedong’s image to promote and the image of Mao Zedong has been deified. After the death of Mao, the meaning ascribed his image evolved into a diversified, by a single political symbol to ideological, cultural and other vector symbols. Since 1989, with the deepening of reform and opening up, economic, and cultural globalization become active contemporary art in China, Mao’s image in contemporary art has been widely used. One side is to promote the theme, the other side is distort vilify. During this period of Mao Zedong respected coexist with the dispute. Countries for publicity historical themes of the historical achievements of Mao Zedong project work is always a focus on the most influential position in the art exhibitions in the positive image of Mao Zedong.  The founding leader, Mao Zedong’s image has always been maintained until now. Part of artists expresses the values of the so-called “free” to borrow the image of Mao, Mao’s positive image has been challenged. There are a lot of contemporary art tarnished image of Mao Zedong.

The image of Mao Zedong has political characteristic of contemporary art. Mao’s image in contemporary art or praise, or demoted, depending on the purpose of the artist to borrow Mao Zedong’s image for. Positive image of Mao Zedong contains the patriotic enthusiasm and Mao’s outstanding contribution to the affirmation and glorification. Demonize the image of Mao Zedong, often tends to the temptations of gestures only a small part of the forces with ulterior motives or personal. The value changes of the image of Mao make his reputation in contemporary art “reduce” or “honor killing”. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the drastic changes in Eastern Europe, China, as only pursue communism after a meteoric rise in the experience of reform and opening up, the achievements become the focus of world attention.

The image of Mao Zedong has been to get rid of the past single political image, by diversified expression transplant visual symbols of the image of Mao Zedong. The Contemporary Art presents the image of Mao Zedong, to be able to express a political culture interpretation of these works, which makes a very strong tendency to own ideology. It reflects the important feature of contemporary art. About Mao Zedong’s symbol borrowing, imitation and transplant to misappropriation of Mao Zedong symbol political satire and personality attacks, thus digestion solemn image of Mao Zedong, and even some work to whitewash, to demonize the image of Mao Zedong deformation. Especially like the Gao brothers made the Mao Zedong wearing miniskirt breasts towering “Miss Mao” sculpture publicly smashed, and do not see any value introspection is an art speculation and traitorous acts.

Nowadays, contemporary art in China has an unprecedented development environment, market packaging speculation and a lot of avant-garde art and various types of sponsorship capital participation. As the artists borrow Mao Zedong’s image, not just the artists personal emotional expression, nor a few irrelevant schema compression on a plane. They should consider the interests of the country and the nation’s emotional, shoulder teachings and social problems reflect on the responsibility.


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