Where is Mao?




Hung Liu, Chinese, American, 1948
Born: Changchun, China
Work Locations: Oakland, CA


Object Info

Object: mixed media installation
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2010.475A-E


wood, silk embroidery, enamel paint


Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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Modern and Contemporary Art

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Hung Liu uses the history of China and her childhood perception of the socialist Utopian dream as inspiration for paintings and installation. Liu reinvigorates her memories and illustrates her view of history as “always flowing forward.”  "Where is Mao?" originally took the form of 1,000 felt cut-outs of Mao’s profile with fortune cookies on top. Liu was one of millions in the procession to view Mao Zedong after his death in 1976. His legacies, such as the Cultural Revolution and “Great Leap Forward”, greatly influenced Liu’s life and strongly inspired her work.

 Liu received a BA of Fine Art from Beijing Teachers College in 1975 and a graduate degree in mural painting from Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing, China, in 1981. She earned an MA of Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 1986.

©  Hung Liu