|Birth: ||unknown, China|
|Death: ||Aug., 2011|
Wang Anting was the curator of the Mao Museum aka Wang Anting Xiaoxiao Zhanlanguan located at No.23 Wufu Street, Qingyang District Chengdu China 610015
The museum was described more of an organic museum than a proper display museum. It was located in a narrow alley and many taxi drivers where not be able to find it. The best way to find it was to get near the Mao exhibit hall and ask a local where it was.
The museum itself consisted of one garage like room, lit meagerly by single compact fluorescent bulbs. The couple who maintained would it be there at the front and Wang would be smoking his pipe.
Inside where many pictures, buttons, statues, etc. of Mao and other leading figures from the revolution. Much of the displays where just packed one on top of another, and were in an advanced state of decay.
This writer went to visit the museum on September 14, 2011 to meet Wang Anting and photo-document his Mao collection but found the museum closed and was informed by locals that Wang had passed away 20 days earlier. This writer was also informed by the priest at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Roman Catholic Church located directly behind the museum that Wang Anting had passed away 30 days before.
According to locals after the death of Wang Anting, his son came immediately and removed all artifacts from the museum. Their present whereabouts are unknown as well as the remains of Wang Anting.
Wang Anting had made a point to show visitors the exhibition wall explaining that he got no government support. In the end Wang Anting had remained loyal to the memory of Mao Zedong in a modern day China.
Wang Anting was as much interesting as the dilapidated items inside the one room "museum". Admission was free though the old guy had encouraged donations as it was probably the only income he had received during those days.
The old man was as much a part of the history as anything inside the museum. Now he and his collection are gone and all this information was obtained by third parties who had visited the museum unlike this writer who arrived just a little bit late.
Created by: Lorenzo Brieba
Record added: Sep 14, 2011
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