NOW CLOSED (ran 17 May - 17 September 2013)
The White-Haired Girl
Chinese film poster (1950)
Bert, the Turtle
Leon Carr, Leo Corday & Leo Langlois (1953)
Hitler mask and skull
Franklin Roosevelt's message to young people
Mao Zedong badge (1968)
Full-length portrait of Napoleon in his robes of state
Painted by J B Borely (1813)
'Pope Donkey', Deutung des Papstesels zu Rom
Philipp Melanchthon (1523)
British cartoon character from World War 2
Explore our groundbreaking exhibition on international state propaganda from the 20th and 21st centuries. From leaflet drops to tweets, for intentions good and bad.
Propaganda is all around us. It is used to fight wars and fight disease, build unity and create division. Whether monumental or commonplace, sincere or insidious, propaganda is often surprising, sometimes horrific and occasionally humorous. While it’s never neutral, it can be difficult to define and identify.
Propaganda: Power and Persuasion was the first exhibition to explore international state propaganda from the 20th and 21st centuries. From the eye-opening to the mind-boggling, from the beautiful to the surprising, posters, films, cartoons, sounds and texts reveal the myriad ways that states try to influence and persuade their citizens.