Downstairs in FACT are two images by Muchen, Legend No 1 & No 2 (2008), depicting artefacts in the Revolutionary Historical Museum in Yan’an. Both images bear witness to the mythology surrounding the charismatic leader.
No 1 shows a replica of a meeting room where Mao gave important speeches; now with altar-like status, this replica resonates with the presence of someone who was never there.
No 2 is an image of a stuffed horse purporting to be Mao’s legendary faithful mare who saved his life many times in war. These ‘made up’ historical artefacts from Mao’s life are fragments in the service of creating and sustaining a myth to meet people’s different needs.
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