Paint it red: the power of posters

Recently I visited the Propaganda Poster Art Centre in Shanghai and was reminded of the power of simple in communications.

Propaganda art poster - factory workers

The Centre holds over 5000 propaganda posters mostly from the Maoist era and the Cultural Revolution and shows visitors the popularity and power of this art form in China.  The Chinese Communist Party used this medium for decades.

Today anyone can use digital media to create and share imagery in an instant.  But from 1949 – when Mao Tse Tung and the Chinese Communists came to power on mainland China till the 1980s – posters were popular tools for government communication.
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