Touching the Taboo – Chinese Cultural Revolution Banners at Kaminski Auction

The banners, regardless of their authenticity, lead me to think of the collectibility of Chinese Cultural Revolution propaganda publications. In comparison, Americans began to commemorate the Civil War around the turn of the century when much of the bitterness of the war had faded away and national heroes retired from the central stage. Nowadays, Civil War related antiques such diary, letters or medals become a staple in Americana sale. Almost 35 years passed after the end of the Cultural Revolution, Asia Society opened the first-ever exhibition on “Art and China’s Revolution” last year, showing the first sign that scholars and art historians in the west began to examine art in a period of art vacuum in China. And the grand children of the lost generation are now in the colleges where the taboo topic of their grand parents has become archaic and irrelevant. The lost direct connection to the pain may bring scholars in China to revisit the period with renewed energy and different perspectives. [Read More….]