The People’s Republic of China

The People's Republic of China was established after World War II. At first a strict Communist regime that looked to directly control art production as a mode of propaganda, since the 1980s, China has opened up to more diverse practices.

1949 - present

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Ai Weiwei, <em>Remembering</em> and the Politics of Dissent
Ai Weiwei, Remembering and the Politics of Dissent

When thousands of schoolchildren died in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, Ai Weiwei refused to stay silent.

Liu Chunhua, <em>Chairman Mao en Route to Anyuan</em>
Liu Chunhua, Chairman Mao en Route to Anyuan

Promoting Mao as a revolutionary leader, this portrait melds Chinese landscape convention with socialist realism.

Ai Weiwei, <em>Kui Hua Zi (Sunflower Seeds)</em>
Ai Weiwei, Kui Hua Zi (Sunflower Seeds)

Over 100 million porcelain seeds filled the Tate’s Turbine Hall in a critique of conformity and censorship.

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