Propaganda art reflects social and cultural changes

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2008, 12:00am

An ongoing exhibition enables visitors to appreciate the unique artistic charms of propaganda posters and compare them to other popular art forms of the time.

The display - From New Year Prints to Propaganda Posters: Selections from the China Archives of Publications - will continue until June 16 at the Hong Kong Museum of History.

It is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and China Archives of Publications, and co-organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Peace Culture Exchange Centre.

The exhibition features about 60 reproductions, ranging from New Year prints and calendar posters from museums in Hong Kong to propaganda posters from the China Archives of Publications.

The posters reflect how government policies, culture and social norms evolved in China over the years.

Propaganda posters were inspired by advertisements, playbills and outdoor wall murals.

But rather than promoting a product or event, they served to convey political messages or matters of public interest. They also depicted people's pursuit of a better life.

Admission is free.

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