Museum Representations of Maoist China

Author: Amy Jane Barnes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317093011
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The collection, interpretation and display of art from the People’s Republic of China, and particularly the art of the Cultural Revolution, have been problematic for museums. These objects challenge our perception of ’Chineseness’ and their style, content and the means of their production question accepted notions of how we perceive art. This book links art history, museology and visual culture studies to examine how museums have attempted to reveal, discuss and resolve some of these issues. Amy Jane Barnes addresses a series of related issues associated with collection and display: how museums deal with difficult and controversial subjects; the role they play in mediating between the object and the audience; the role of the Other in the creation of Self and national identities; the nature, role and function of art in society; the museum as image-maker; the impact of communism (and Maoism) on the cultural history of the twentieth-century; and the appropriation of communist visual iconography. This book will be of interest to researchers and students of museology, visual and cultural studies as well as scholars of Chinese and revolutionary art.

Museums in China

Author: Marzia Varutti
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 1843838885
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An examination of museums in China, surveying their development from the nineteenth century, and looking in particular at their incredible recent proliferation.

Exhibiting the Past

Author: Kirk A. Denton
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
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A study of museums, and their representation of history, in post-Mao China.

The Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics

Author: Janet Marstine
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136715266
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Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics is a theoretically informed reconceptualization of museum ethics discourse as a dynamic social practice central to the project of creating change in the museum. Through twenty-seven chapters by an international and interdisciplinary group of academics and practitioners it explores contemporary museum ethics as an opportunity for growth, rather than a burden of compliance. The volume represents diverse strands in museum activity from exhibitions to marketing, as ethics is embedded in all areas of the museum sector. What the contributions share is an understanding of the contingent nature of museum ethics in the twenty-first century—its relations with complex economic, social, political and technological forces and its fluid ever-shifting sensibility. The volume examines contemporary museum ethics through the prism of those disciplines and methods that have shaped it most. It argues for a museum ethics discourse defined by social responsibility, radical transparency and shared guardianship of heritage. And it demonstrates the moral agency of museums: the concept that museum ethics is more than the personal and professional ethics of individuals and concerns the capacity of institutions to generate self-reflective and activist practice.

Western Images of China

Author: Colin Mackerras
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195907384
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This book discusses the ways in which Westerners, from the earliest times until the late 1980s, have perceived China - both the China of their own times and that of the past. It also provides a fresh evaluation of Western ideas about China and includes a new account of the most recent period.

Red Legacies in China

Author: Jie Li
ISBN: 9780674737181
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What has contemporary China inherited from its revolutionary past? How do the realities and memories, aesthetics and practices of the Mao era still reverberate in the post-Mao cultural landscape? The essays in this volume propose red legacies as a new critical framework from which to examine the profusion of cultural productions and afterlives of the communist revolution in order to understand Chinaâe(tm)s continuities and transformations from socialism to postsocialism. Organized into five partsâe"red foundations, red icons, red classics, red bodies, and red shadowsâe"the bookâe(tm)s interdisciplinary contributions focus on visual and performing arts, literature and film, language and thought, architecture, museums, and memorials. Mediating at once unfulfilled ideals and unmourned ghosts across generations, red cultural legacies suggest both inheritance and debt, and can be mobilized to support as well as to critique the status quo.

National Museums

Author: Simon Knell
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317723147
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National Museums is the first book to explore the national museum as a cultural institution in a range of contrasting national contexts. Composed of new studies of countries that rarely make a showing in the English-language studies of museums, this book reveals how these national museums have been used to create a sense of national self, place the nation in the arts, deal with the consequences of political change, remake difficult pasts, and confront those issues of nationalism, ethnicity and multiculturalism which have come to the fore in national politics in recent decades. National Museums combines research from both leading and new researchers in the fields of history, museum studies, cultural studies, sociology, history of art, media studies, science and technology studies, and anthropology. It is an interrogation of the origins, purpose, organisation, politics, narratives and philosophies of national museums.

Places of Memory in Modern China

Author: Marc Andre Matten
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004219013
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The book offers a new approach to the discussion on the issue of Chinese national identity, providing new insights in how identity is constructed and contested. These issues are of vital concern for the understanding of contemporary China and its national consciousness.

China Africa Relations

Author: Kathryn Batchelor
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 135185805X
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The recent rapid growth in China’s involvement in Africa is being promoted by both Chinese and African leaders as being conducted in a spirit of cooperation, friendship and equality. In the media and informally, however, a different, less harmonious picture emerges. This book explores how China and Africa really regard each other, how official images are manufactured, and how informal images are nevertheless shaped and put forward. The book covers a wide range of areas where China-Africa exchange exists, including diplomacy, technological cooperation, sport, culture and arts exchange. The book also discusses the historical development of the relationship and how it is likely to develop going forward.

Making Autocracy Work

Author: Rory Truex
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107172438
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This book uses original data from China's National People's Congress to challenge conceptions of representation, authoritarianism, and the political system.