History Through Posters: The Richard Goodall Gallery Explores Chinese Propaganda from 1969 – 1979
From 9th March – 7th April 2012, the Richard Goodall Gallery will be holding an exclusive exhibition of Chinese propaganda posters. The posters will be documenting a vast and colourful intricate history of Chinese communism, beginning from 1949 with the establishment of the People’s Republic.
Visitors to the exhibition can expect a variety of styles transforming along the timeline, including the traditional red ink sketchings that many associate as a Chinese technique. There are also a variety of propaganda pictures depicting the Chinese idealisms of war and even some cartoon depictions of ‘capitalist monsters’. The skill and technique behind these pictures is also not to be missed, and the slowly changing styles across the period help to reflect the changing times if China itself.
With such an array to look at, visitors can expect to learn a lot about this period within an eclectic visual landscape.
Richard Goodall himself commented on the exhibition: ‘This unique exhibition celebrates this largely previously unrecognised Chinese art form, which has not been widely seen outside of China. The vintage posters, over 40 years old in some cases, were printed on thin paper and we have enlisted the help and expertise of the finest art restorer in the country to remove the foxing and acid from the paper…making them archivally safe and virtually as vibrant as the day they were printed.’
This will be the first time that these posters will have been exhibited in the UK and will be on sale from £500 - £1500 – for those of you who don’t have that much money to spend, you can still be sure to be part of this debut speciality!