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Turn It On: Readymade

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Event organized by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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Readymade现成品, 2009
Directed by Zhang Bingjian张秉坚
Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles, 79 min.

Mao Zedong died in 1976, but his impersonators are alive and well. This film documents the lives of two people who resemble Mao and assume Mao roles. Peng Tian is a villager from Mao’s home province of Hunan who walks into the Beijing Film Academy one day in full Mao dress to study film acting. Chen Yan is a housewife from Sichuan province, whose mother realized she looked like Mao twenty years earlier, but it isn’t until the twenty-first century that Chen gives the role a try.

Part of the film festival “Turn It On: China on Film, 2000–2017” co-curated by Ai Weiwei and Wang Fen.

Film screenings are free with museum admission.

Organized by the Guggenheim Museum in conjunction with Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World. Presented in collaboration with PEN America. Support is provided by The Hayden Family Foundation.