This website aims to present a large and authentic collection of Chinese propaganda posters (and some prints, papercuts and other images). It provides additional information in the form of biographical notes of poster artists, resources, etc. chineseposters.net is a work in progress, continually growing to become an ever better showcase for one of the most fascinating chapters in the history of poster propaganda, and a visual chronicle of the history of modern China.
The posters and other images on this website are from the collections of Stefan Landsberger (Leiden University, University of Amsterdam), the International Institute of Social History (IISH, Amsterdam, Netherlands), and a private collector who prefers not to be named. Together these collections consist of over 7,000 pieces.
The website is owned and maintained by the Chinese Posters Foundation. Stefan R. Landsberger is editor and responsible for contents; Marien van der Heijden is co-editor and webmaster. chineseposters.net went online in September 2007.
chineseposters.net is a platform for the presentation of authentic documentary and historical information without the aim to propagate or dispute any political views. chineseposters.net tries to provide information that may serve to understand the history of Chinese poster propaganda in all its aspects as well as the history of modern China.
As part of the Chinese Posters Foundation, chineseposters.net is a strictly non-profit initiative. Any income gained will be used to fund further acquisition, preservation, cataloguing, research, and presentation of Chinese propaganda posters.
Some posters in the IISH collection were acquired with financial support from the Friends of the IISH, the Zuster Mart Nienhuis Stichting, and the SNS Reaal fund.
Exhibitions from the IISH/Landsberger collection include:
- Propaganda Posters - Art and revolution, Théâtre National, Brussels, 2009-2010
- China in Posters, Kunsthal, Rotterdam, 2008
- To Read Too Many Books is Harmful, Sinological Institute, Leiden, 2004
- Paint it Red, Groninger Museum, Groningen, 1998
- The Chairman Smiles, AMSAB, Gent, Belgium, 1998
- The Chairman Smiles, Vakbondsmuseum, Amsterdam, 1996
- Chinesische Propaganda - Kunst und Kitsch zwischen Revolution und Alltag, Gruner+Jahr, Hamburg, Germany, 1995
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