China Talk: Poster Art in New China


5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


  • Time: 5:30-7:30PM
  • Date: Wednesday, 24 November 2021
  • Venue: University Museum CB123W


In this talk, Mr. Yang will reflect on the historical background and role of poster art in People’s Republic of China. Drawing on the traditional form of New Year paintings, the posters, which first appeared in the Shaanxi Gansu Ningxia border region during the Anti-Japanese war, stand at the beginning of art development in the New China. They remained in widespread use until the early 1980s. Posters played an important role in promoting the values and goals of the new society-in-making, as well as reflecting the transformations taking place in China during this period and the role that the Chinese Communist Party played in the process. As such they provide a unique and insightful vantage point to reflect on China’s recent past.


Mr. Peiming Yang graduated from the English Department of East China Normal University. In 2012, he founded Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre and has served as its Director ever since. The museum houses the largest and richest collection of Chinese poster art in the world.

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