Work No Longer on Display
The Gao Brothers
Formerly located at 7300 Elmbridge Way.
No Longer on Display
Description of Work:
This large scale sculpture features two iconic figures in shiny polished stainless steel, a diminutive Miss Mao delicately balancing on the head of Vladimir Lenin, the Russian revolutionary whose monumental ideas profoundly influenced Chinese political history.
This artwork was a temporary installation and part of the Vancouver International Biennale 2009-2011.
This sculpture can be “read” as a political narrative, as well as a reflection on the current nostalgic attitude toward Mao. The position and scale of the two figures simultaneously questions and ridicules their relative positions in an undeniable commentary. The Gao Brothers have consciously chosen to play the role of social critic and therefore walk a careful line in terms of politics.
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