The Poster Art Of Chinese Propaganda | 1949-1990

 

The Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center features a private collection of about 300 brightly colored, Mao-era propaganda posters stretching from the founding of Communist China in 1949 to 1990, which includes some of China’s darkest political days. The museum, which has been open for a number of years but finally received an official government license last spring, is a labor of love. Its owner, Yang Peiming, began buying up the posters in the mid-1990s as they were being thrown away en masse.

“The propaganda poster is very, very unique,” says Yang. “They describe the history with so many detailed pictures. This is interesting, because it is art plus politics.”
Many posters feature heroic, cartoonlike figures with political slogans to rally the masses. The images are triumphant, even if the events they depict were often disasters.

Take a poster from 1958 showing a Chinese man on horseback racing past a portly British soldier in a pith helmet on the back of an ox. One of the poster’s slogans says China’s economy will surpass Great Britain’s in 15 years. The poster was a rallying cry for Mao’s Great Leap Forward, which forcibly collectivized agriculture.
It was a catastrophe that that Yang calls “crazy.”

Reas more at http://www.wbur.org/npr/164785930/the-art-of-chinese-propaganda

          

 

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (www.reggaepostercontest.com)

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