Chinese Propaganda Art

Propaganda post. Fewer birthday, better births, to develop a strong China, 1987. Shaosheng yousheng zhenxing Zhanghua

When I was in China I visited the Art Gallery in Bejing where I met some very talented artists from all over the country. I was stroked by their art and their proud. 

Back home in the city library I borrowed the book below that inspired me even further. The International Institute of Social History in Holland has a great collection of Chinese propaganda posters. These are telling us a great deal of Chinese history and of course a lot of communist propaganda. By using art the party could in a efficient way lead the country in the direction they wanted. It was a public education in communism but a very efficient one, telling the people of what to think and how to act.

Even though I may not stand for the politic values these posters are lovely art and I understand where the artists in Beijing are coming from.

Man works hard, flowers are fragrant, 1962. Ren qin xiang.

Source: Chinese Posters by Landsberger, van deras Heijden, Shen

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Design to get Inspired of 

A while ago I had a lovely day learning about Tonie Lewenhaupt’s vintage donation at the Röhsska Gallery, please see further blog below. I also had time to view the Gallery’s own design collection and to talk to their competent staff about Scandinavian design history. A Katja of Sweden dress was on display of course but also what actually inspired her to make fashion.

Bruno Mathsson inspired Katja Geiger. Photo: Sara Thorsson / Sagamodellen

The chair above is the kind of Bruno Mathsson chair that made it clear to Katja Geiger that no woman would possibly be able to sit beautifully in the chair wearing anything fashionable.

Katja of Sweden dress at Röhsska Gallery. Photo: Sara Thorsson / Sagamodellen

Female fashion meant, in the 1940th, corsets and tight underwear, not suitable for relaxing times in such chairs. She followed her vision of creating comfortable fashion for busy women of that time. The rest is Swedish fashion history.

Crazy Collection 

Crazy livingroom decor, Photo by Sara Thorsson / Sagamodellen 

Sometimes we need a change. If the change can’t get too radikal, it’s easier to just make a change in your home. 

This was my way of decorating my livingroom in a different way. If the Katja of Sweden dress doesn’t fit, use it in another way. My crazy collection of Katja of Sweden dresses!