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