Instruction concerning Literature and Art Work

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(12 December 1963)

Mao Zedong

I

Comrades Peng Zhen, Liu Ren,

In this matter, it can be seen that in all sorts of art forms – drama, quyi, music, fine art, dance, film, poetry, literature, etc., there are not a few problems, there are too many people, Socialist transformation has, in many department, seen but minuscule results so far. So far, many departments are dominated by “dead people”. Achievements in film, new poetry, folk songs, fine art and novels cannot be underestimated, but among those, problems aren’t few either. As for drama and other departments, problems are even greater. The Socialist economy has basically changed, art departments that are a part of the superstructure serving this basis, still have great problems. This requires setting about from research and adjustment, earnestly grasp it.

II

Many Communist Party members enthusiastically advocate feudalist and capitalist art, and do not enthusiastically advocate Socialist art, isn’t this absurd?

关于文艺工作的批示
〔一九六三年十二月十二日〕

彭真、刘仁同志:
此件可一看,各种艺术形式——戏剧、曲艺、音乐、美术、舞蹈、电影、诗和文学等等,问题不少,人数很多,社会主义改造在许多部门中,至今收效甚微。许多部门至今还是“死人”统治着。不能低估电影、新诗、民歌、美术、小说的成绩,但其中的问题也不少。至于戏剧等部门,问题就更大了。社会经济基础已经改变了,为这个基础服务的上层建筑之一的艺术部门,至今还是大问题。这需要从调查研究着手,认真地抓起来。

许多共产党人热心提倡封建主义和资本主义的艺术,却不热心提倡社会主义的艺术,岂非咄咄怪事。

 

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