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2017/2/26 Poster, 'New Year in Yan'an (Yan'an xinchun)', painted by Liu Wenxi, ink on paper, China, early 1970s.. Click to enlarge.

Chinese propaganda poster

This propaganda poster is an excellent example of Chinese political visual culture, especially from the second half of 20th century. It is also a great reference to understand the cultural context of a time that has seen extraordinary political and social change in China.

This propaganda poster is also a New Year picture. Until the mid-20th century, nianhua (New Year pictures) were the most common form of household decoration in China. Most New Year pictures were designed to facilitate New Year...


Object No.


Object Statement

Poster, 'New Year in Yan'an (Yan'an xinchun)', painted by Liu Wenxi, ink on paper, China, early 1970s.

Physical Description

Poster in portrait orientation, printed in colour. The poster depicts a festival scene. In the foreground is a group of young children sitting with musical instruments. A crowd of smiling people are standing behind them with Chairman Mao in the middle, he is smoking a cigarette. The two figures either side of him are smoking pipes. In the background is a mountainside with people wearing blue caps and white fabric head dressings. There are red flags waving on either side of the picture. Below the image is a caption in red. It has Chinese characters.


Printed, front bottom right corner. Chinese characters, "86-583".



770 mm


530 mm



Liu Wenxi




Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the MAAS Foundation, 2017

Acquisition Date

19 January 2017

Cite this Object


Chinese propaganda poster 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 18 August 2019, <>


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