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‘Do the Chinese always smile?’ Exhibiting the Cultural Revolution in Britai...

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In this lecture, Amy Jane Barnes will discuss a key exhibition of Cultural Revolution-era visual culture in Britain and its reception. The Arts Council of Great Britain’s exhibition Peasant Paintings from Hu County, Shensi Province, China, which toured Britain between 1976 and 1977, was one of the first and certainly largest exhibition to present revolutionary art from the People’s Republic of China to UK audiences.

The Arts Council exhibition represents an unusual and significant joint venture between two nations separated not only by geography, but by what had appeared at points to be an insurmountable ideological barrier.

This lecture will offer a means by which to think around how museums, exhibitions and other cultural institutions, mediate and communicate cultures and histories across national and ideological borders.

Dr Barnes is the author of Museum Representations of Maoist China (Ashgate, 2014).

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