The Nightmare of War and the Dream of Peace

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Date: 1952

Region: North America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Painting


Controversial portion of painting depicting Mao Tse Tung and Stalin

Artist: Diego Rivera

Confronting Bodies: Mexican government

Dates of Action: 1952

Location: Mexico

Description of Artwork: The painting in question depicted Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse Tung and saints.

The Incident: This painting was to be included in a Mexican art exhibition in Paris. The Mexican government did not approve of the piece and chose to exclude it from the exhibition.

Results of Incident: Rivera's painting was withdrawn from the exhibition.

Source: "Art Censorship", Clapp