The Culture of the Cultural Revolution
Personality Cult and Political Design in Maos China
Every-day objects and the many different forms of political propaganda from the decade between 1966 and 1976 form the focus of this exhibition curated by Helmut Opletal, a former ORF journalist and a renowned expert on China. It as a period marked by mass rallies, the Red Guards and an almost religious personality cult as well as the political persecution of intellectuals and disgraced politicians. The Chinese Cultural Revolution had two faces: the search for an egalitarian and ideal society on the one hand, and the inhuman political campaigns and the destruction of irreplaceable cultural heritage on the other. The exhibition takes a critical look at this contradictory chapter in Chinese contemporary history and every-day culture.