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Ars Libri maintains the largest stock in America of rare and out-of-print books on art. We specialize in academic library collection development, and offer scholarly collections en bloc, as well as individual rare books and documents. Founded in 1976, it has an international reputation as a source for scholars, collectors, artists, and everyone else with an interest in the visual arts. Ars Libri covers all periods and all fields of art history, from antiquity to the present, including architecture, archaeology, photography, and the decorative arts. Our email:

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China's Cultural Revolution, 1966: Works by Solange Brand
Exhibition: 3 June - 20 August 2016 at Ars Libri Ltd. 500 Harrison Avenue Boston
Monday-Friday 9-6, Saturday 11-5

Opening reception 5:30-7:30pm Friday, June 3, 2016 (part of SoWa First Fridays)

Read about Solange Brand in Cate McQuaid's July 12, 2016 article in The Boston Globe

Marking the 50th anniversary of China's Cultural Revolution, Robert Klein Gallery in association with Ars Libri, Ltd., present the rarely-seen color photographs of Solange Brand

In May of 1966, Mao Zedong began a sociopolitical movement that would restore his position of absolute power that was lost after the failed Great Leap Forward. Known as the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, Mao's campaign would lead to the persecution, imprisonment, public humiliation, and deaths of millions of Chinese people, as well as the destruction of historical artifacts and relics, and the ransacking of Chinese cultural and religious sites.

At the same time, Solange Brand, then a nineteen-year-old secretary at the French Embassy in Beijing, would be an unknowing witness to one of the most tumultuous periods in Chinese history. With her 35mm Pentax camera and a supply of Agfacolor film, purchased and developed in embassy shops in Hong Kong, Brand, for her own recollection, photographed the events which would unfold around her.

In 2012, Robert Klein Gallery and Ars Libri began a long-term collaboration to mount exhibitions and, with their combined expertise, identify and present new artists to the international market. The Robert Klein Gallery will host satellite photography installations at our space at 500 Harrison Ave.
The Robert Klein Gallery will continue to hold regular exhibitions at 38 Newbury Street; installations at Ars Libri will supplement their shows with additional works and printed material. New installations at Ars Libri will open during the First Friday event each month.

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