Zhang Yuqing, ca. 1974
The Yangzi River Bridge at Nanking
Publisher: Shanghai People's Publishing House
(Offset, 53x77 cm., inv.nr. BG E3/731)

The Yangzi river bridge is a showpiece of the Cultural Revolution. According to the propaganda stories, the workers send the 'bourgeois engineers' from the building site and design the bridge themselves, inspired by the writings of Mao. This has to demonstrate one of the most important (and dangerous) dogmas from the Cultural Revolution: intellectuals are superflous and even harmful, ordinary workers can solve any problem with the guidance of the Great Mao Zedong Thought.