Amateur sculptor Wang Wenhai's passion and love for
Chairman Mao has given birth to thousands of sculptured images
of the great Chinese leader. Many of the works are
unconventional Mao as Buddha, as a lady, and as a comfortable
pillow to rest on.
These works would have put Wang in serious trouble during
the tumultuous years of the "cultural revolution" (1966-76)
but Wang says there is always a noble reason behind each
One of his recent works is a Mao portrait with many eyes
painted on the body of a bell. That was Wang's reflection of
Mao, in today's money-oriented society.
Wang, 55, started to craft sculptures of Chairman Mao in
the early 1970s and has been a devotee to Mao all of his life.
Born in Central China's Henan Province, Wang moved with his
father to Yan'an, Shaanxi Province in the 1960s. Yan'an was
the cultural bed of the Chinese revolution and the final
destination of the Long March.
Wang became a guide for the Yan'an Revolutionary Museum
after his graduation from college in the early 1970s. Since
then he has developed an intimate and special relationship
with Mao expressed through his art. He is known by his friends
as the King of Clay Sculpture because of his prolific efforts.
This weekend is the last chance to catch Wang's interesting
collection at the Margin Art Space at 798 Art Zone. The
exhibition closes on Monday.
Margin Art Centre, 798 Art Zone, 11am-6:30pm, everyday
except Mondays till July 31, 8709-3557.
(China Daily 07/27/2006 page3)