Museum Representations of Maoist China: From Cultural Revolution to Commie Kitsch

Museum Representations of Maoist China: From Cultural Revolution to Commie Kitsch

by Amy Jane Barnes

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Overview

The collection, interpretation and display of art from the People’s Republic of China, and particularly the art of the Cultural Revolution, have been problematic for museums. These objects challenge our perception of ’Chineseness’ and their style, content and the means of their production question accepted notions of how we perceive art. This book links art history, museology and visual culture studies to examine how museums have attempted to reveal, discuss and resolve some of these issues. Amy Jane Barnes addresses a series of related issues associated with collection and display: how museums deal with difficult and controversial subjects; the role they play in mediating between the object and the audience; the role of the Other in the creation of Self and national identities; the nature, role and function of art in society; the museum as image-maker; the impact of communism (and Maoism) on the cultural history of the twentieth-century; and the appropriation of communist visual iconography. This book will be of interest to researchers and students of museology, visual and cultural studies as well as scholars of Chinese and revolutionary art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317093008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/15/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Amy Jane Barnes is a Research Associate in the School of Management at the University of Leicester, UK and Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; Imagining China: the birth and consolidation of British visions of China; East-West cultural revolutions, 1966-1969; East-West rapprochement, 1970-1976; Peasant paintings from Hu County; Revision and reform: retrospective appraisals of the cultural revolution; After Tiananmen; Human rights and bragging rights: images of China from the turn of the millennium to the Beijing Games; Exhibiting the cultural revolution; Conclusion; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.


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