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Turn philosophy into a sharp weapon in the hands of the masses

Turn philosophy into a sharp weapon in the hands of the masses

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Designer: Revolutionary Committee of Tianjin Industrial Exhibition Hall (天津市工业展览馆革命委员会)
1971, February
Turn philosophy into a sharp weapon in the hands of the masses
Rang zhexue bian wei qunzhong shoulide jianrui wuqi (让哲学变为群众手里的尖锐武器)
Tianjin renmin meishu chubanshe (天津人民美术出版社), print no. 8073.10101
Call number: BG E13/857 (Landsberger collection)

The power of the word, and in particular Mao Zedong's words, is clearly illustrated in this impressive design. The nuclear mushroom cloud can indicate two things: Mao Zedong Thought is like a spiritual atom bomb, as the slogan went, or, thanks to Mao Zedong Thought, China has been able to develop its own nuclear device. It's not all destruction: in the left background we can see the famous Yangzi bridge at Nanjing, touted as one of the great accomplishments of the Cultural Revolution.



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