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“Interesting” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre
Rm BOC, Basement, Block B, No.868 Huashan Road, Shanghai, China
021-62111845
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Ranked #11 of 806 Attractions in Shanghai
4.5 of 5 stars 203 Reviews
Type: Art Galleries, Museums
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

The location of this place is strange, the basement of a residential block of flats but its a little gem. Some great posters from the Mao Communist era as well as great prints of the old 1930s Shanghai Girls posters and postcards.

Visited December 2012
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“Pretty damn cool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

The place is located in what seems to be a person's basement. The collection is thorough and cool. It's very impressive and you can buy prints.
Cool little place.
It's like take a trip through time.

Visited April 2013
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Shanghai, China
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“My favourite thing in Shanghai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Although one finds it all over the internet, this feels somehow like a secret collection. Most Chinese in Shanghai that I spoke to had never heard about it.

It really brought home what China has been about for the last 70 years or so. Apart from the fact that the collection is one of a kind, the art itself is very powerful. I would suggest going to see if it does something to you.

Visited April 2013
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“Excellent Collection, very educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Very impressive collection of communist china's propaganda posters. Adequately placed in the basement of a council housing, brightly lit by fluorescent light, you get the feeling of the communist era. all posters are translated into English. The owner collected more than 6000 posters (most are stowed away), and he speaks good English to explain more about his collections.
We bought a small original poster.
The collection certainly is a very special type of art and is recommended for all who are interested in art, and politics.

Visited April 2013
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“20th Century China history in a Thought Provoking Display”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

The ideology of the lasat half of the 20th century in China is traced by chronologically looking at the small subset of the massive collection on display in this museum. In an unassuming basement of an apartment building, it separates its collection into perhaps ten different historical periods. Through looking at the illustrations, reading the translations, and thinking about the period you walk from independence, early modernization, rise of "back to basics" agrarian anti-education, alliances and conflicts with other superpowers, return to study and pride in world wide achievement. It is massively significant and completely awesome that the founder of this museum, who was working in the gift shop the day I visited, has collected this group of posters that walks us through turbulent, significant history. Some are good art, but all are profound in their expression of ideology and the times they were created. One could spend a lot of time in many places and with many sources and not get the picture that a couple of hours in this museum paints of the recent history of China. Bravo, one of the great finds of Shanghai, well worth whatever it takes to go. I cannot say enough good about this place.

The museum is in the basement of an apartment building in a modest complex. The guards will give you a small card showing how to walk to the actual building. It costs 20 RMB to enter, which given the effort and significance of the collection is nothing. And, there are many souvenirs if any of the images capture your interest, from books, to reproduction posters, to small postcards. I found it easy to just give a taxi driver the address, it is a major road, There are NO signs, on the complex or the actual building, not until you get into the basement. If the address is correct, you are at the right complex, and if you get the little card just follow the red arrows.

Visited April 2013
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