Chinese old civilization is one of the richest ones in
terms of art: paintings, calligraphy, music, opera, poetry and sculpture
are famous all around the world and an entire life is not enough to enjoy
The Twentieth century was one of the most unstable period
in Chinese history, and the transition towards modernism had heavy consequences
over Chinese art. However, Chinese traditional art did not disappear during
this period. It has just been adapted to modern times and political ideology.
After the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China in 1949, communist
politicians controled the whole art production and artists. During three
decades, everything had to suggest the magnificence of Communist China
and its most famous leader, Mao Zedong, who was said to be a fine poet
and calligrapher as well.
Chinese art became extremely specific during
this period. Paintings, calligraphy, music and opera did not disappear,
and where used by the authorities for political purposes. The result is
Thousands of propaganda posters, each of them being
a real treasure (with high ideological and artistic levels, as it was
said at this time) were created. During the Cultural Revolution era, some
statuettes have been manufactured, representing ordinary scenes and famous
people of this period. Some daily items were used for communist propaganda
purpose as well and Chairman Mao appeared everywhere. Music and opera
were adapted to modern and sometimes military rythm, while keeping typical
Chinese background. The lyrics were fully dedicated to communism as well.
These are the four rubrics you can enjoy on this website.
Many of you may feel this is more ridiculous and horrible
than beautiful. This is very normal, because of what is hidden behind
these works. However, whatever the political beliefs, it is impossible
to deny that an extraordinary work has been done. At least, it is very
possible not to be attracted by communism and Chariman Mao, but to enjoy
such maoist art; it is my case actually.