Artistic Oppression

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Where mythologizing dictators and threatening artists intersect, totalitarian art was born.

Find out about this cultural phenomenon and its many historical/contemporary examples.

“The crucial element in the creation of totalitarian culture was the involvement of the state, not indirectly, through the financing of culture, but directly, by imposing a ‘dictatorship of taste,’ as the Russian futurist poet Vladimir Mayakovsky enthusiastically called it.”

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