Thursday, November 7, 2013

pretty propaganda

One of the last things I did in Lisbon was visiting the end of the exhibit on Chinese Communist propaganda posters at the Museu do Oriente, which was absolutely incredible. I was surprised to see that some of the posters had a soft, Rockwellesque idealized realism, since in my mind Communist posters were more stylized and bold. Other posters had the most elegant, sweeping black lines filled with brilliant, flat colour— quite like a comic. Whether or not they were inspired by Eastern or Western styles of art and illustration, they were all beautifully rendered.

Just look at all the smiles— aren't propaganda posters fascinating?

Unfortunately my camera's battery died before the Asian Shadows exhibit, a stunning collection of shadow puppets from Turkey to Malaysia. 

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