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Cultural Revolution Poster - "Group Ugliness"
Perhaps the most infamous poster originated from early Cultural Revolution, this poster titled Group Ugliness) portrayed in a cartoon drawing format, depicted a number of communist leaders (with names written next to the person) and other world leaders that were representatives of capitalists. The original poster was created post the fall of Liu Shao Qi and the artist painted a picture to depict all the comrades that followed Liu Shao Qis capitalist road, however, the hidden message, which was interrupted by the Chinese Communist Party was that it named majority of the senior members of Communist Party and thus it made the CCP looked bad. The author, who was the Chinese Central Fine Art University student, was criticized for making fun of the Chinese Communist Party and the Cultural Revolution, was arrested shortly after and was imprisoned. He subsequently disappeared and was thought to be executed by the CCP. The poster, viewed as one of the best representations of the CCP leaders, was done in detail and was done so vividly even without the names next to their face, one could guess who he was painting about. A few notable communist leaders were De Xiao Ping, Liu Shao Qi, Peng De Huai, Lin Feng and Wang Ming. As recently revealed by a Chinese insider source, the author was the son of a famous Chinese historian Jian Bo Zan. This poster was an interpretation of the original poster and recreation by Red Guards Shanghai Revolutionary Committee guarding Mao Ze Dong Thoughts in May 1967. Like the original poster this poster met similar fate and was pulled from the public due to its sensitivity and implied criticism to the government.


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