Waving the Red Flag
In the early decades of the People’s Republic of China, the authorities used posters to instruct and mobilize the general populace. Initially, artists 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 images of prosperity continued to circulate. Together these posters trace the vicissitudes of political campaigns that continually rolled through the country. On display in the Treasures Gallery – ‘Collections in Focus’ space.