To get to the propaganda and Poster museum you first have to walk down an ally,
turn a corner and head down an elevator into a seemingly normal
Shanghaines apartment building.
No signs lead the way to the collection of Chinese propaganda posters
found down below.
Although not illegal, the damp basement and the eclectic collection of
posters hung behind mostly
plastic covers only add to the feel of having snuck in on something
you ware not supposed to see,
at least on something that the government wants to keep hidden. It's
probably good this is not the case.
Being fortunate enough to meet the owner and director Mr. Yang Pei
Ming, who have collected over five thousand posters some for
sale and many on view in his museum, brings more insight into why the
museum is laid out the way it is.
None of the plaques are in Chinese, and according to him the National
History Museum in Beijing have not yet opened up
its Mao communist era wing. It seems the interest in this period of
Chinese art is saved by only a handful few,
except for Pei Ming, mostly foreign. I would gladly recommend anyone
visiting Shanghai to go see this exhibit
as it is truly one of a kind and a really great experience and a
fantastic way of looking into the reemerging of Chinese art during
the cultural revolution.
And if Yang Pei Ming have bet his cards right, and from seeing the
changing climate in China, very likely.
We might soon see his collection spread out among Chinas great museum
something I think this great salesman might have foreseen all along.