A History of the Moaist Propaganda Poster + Depicting a China That Never Was

At first glance, you might think the Maoist era artwork at the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre in Shanghai, China, was a collection of mid-20th-century travel posters. Vibrant colors, seemingly happy people, and almost aggressively cheerful backdrops offer a vision of an ostensibly functioning, even thriving, China, but look a little closer—literally and historically—and it’s clear the picture is often...