Medellin // Colombia // february 2017 //
Collaboration wall with my friend EmptyBoy @emptboy
Medellín // Colombia // febrero 2017 //
Pared en Colaboración con mi amigo EmptyBoy @emptboy
Original photograph taken at the Door of Tian’anmen // Beijing :: People’s Republic of China // august 2015*
Fotografía original tomada en La puerta de Tiananmen //Beijing :: República Popular China // august 2015*
“Few images created in the last century are as recognizable as the official portrait of Mao that looms over Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
For decades, the 15-by-20-foot oil painting has served as a national icon. This is the same image that, in the 1960’s and 70’s, was widely reproduced and hung near the entrances to millions of homes, schools, factories and government buildings. During the Cultural Revolution, when Mao was raised to cult status, it seemed as if the entire nation had set about drawing a Mao portrait, or at least honoring one. If Mao’s Little Red Book was the national bible, Mao’s official portrait was the national stamp.
And while people in China seem to have lost some affection for Mao, and even protested in 1989 by splattering his Tiananmen portrait with paint, his image still represents something indelible and intangible, experts say. “This is the most important painting in China,” said Wu Hung, an art historian at the University of Chicago. “This is not an artistic judgment. But look at how many people have seen this image over the last century.” . . .
The Tiananmen (Chinese: 天安门; literally: “Gate of Heavenly Peace”) is a famous monument in Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It is widely used as a national symbol. First built during the Ming dinasty in 1420, Tiananmen is often referred to as the front entrance to the Forbidden City. However, the Meridian Gate (午门) is the first entrance to the Forbidden City proper, while Tiananmen was the entrance to the Imperial City, within which the Forbidden City was located. Tiananmen is located to the north of Tian’anmen square, separated from the plaza by Chang’an Avenue.