Starting on August 18, the Pergamon Museum will be hosting an exhibition exploring the impact of the cultural revolution on contemporary Chinese art and photography.
Titled Working on History. Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution, the exhibition examines government propaganda and its relation to independent art.
Rather than focusing exclusively on the images of book burnings or acts of extreme violence, the exhibition brings to light the ways the propaganda formed the cultural context from which modern Chinese art emerges.
The exhibition is one of the first of its kind in the world and is part of a cultural celebration of the 45 year anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Federal Republic of Germany and the People’s Republic of China.
The Working on History. Contemporary Chinese Photography and the Cultural Revolution exhibit was curated by Wang Huangsheng (Director of the Art Museum at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing), Guo Xiaoyan (Assistant Director of the Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing), and Ludger Derenthal (Head of the Photography Collection of the Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin).
To read more about this and other upcoming exhibitions, read the Pergamon Museum’s press release here.