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Waving the Red Flag: Chinese posters 1949-1976

Waving the Red Flag: Chinese posters 1949-1976
Collections-in-Focus, Treasures Gallery

We are determined to liberate Taiwan!
18 July 2017 to 2 February 2018,


Treasures Gallery, Ground floor


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The authorities in the early decades of the People’s Republic of China used posters to instruct and mobilize the general populace. Artists at first adapted existing styles to communicate communist ideals but later the dramatic poses of socialist realism came to dominate official imagery. This peaked during the high tide of the Cultural Revolution, but other visions of prosperity continued to circulate. Together these posters trace the vicissitudes of political campaigns that continually rolled through the country.


Image: Shanghai shi chuban gemingzu, Yiding yao jiefang Taiwan/We are determined to liberate Taiwan! 1967, poster; 77 x 107 cm, Asian Collections,