Monday, January 9, 2012

The Art of War





WWII propaganda exhibit at the Belém Cultural Center, Lisbon
Don't miss it if you have the chance, it's amazing!

26 comments:

Joan Elizabeth said...

These are great. I would love to see a similar exhibition of Australian war posters.

Olivier said...

l'esthétisme de ces graphisques est repris par les nouveaux graphiques comme Olly Moss

Genie said...

What a WOW exhibit. How I would love to see it. I did not know there were so many posters out there. That was back when the postal service was respected and used. genie

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This is a great concept for an art exhibition. I wonder if they included Soviet war posters as well. They are very dramatic, and the impact of the war on Russia was greater than on the Western countries.

It would be interesting, and disturbing, to see war posters from the Axis perspective. Julie and I have religious art from many cultures on display in one room of our house. One of the items is a World War I "trench art" crucifix made from shell casings that says "God is with us" -- in German. I think of what that soldier must have been going through, stuck living in a trench, with so much time on his hands to be able to shape metal into a work of art, and to be connected to his concept that he was carrying out the Lord's work.

The posters you have posted show how involved the public was in the war effort. My mother talked about how on the East Coast of the US they would hang blankets over the windows of their homes to reduce the sky glow out to sea so ships would not be silhouetted and visible to enemy submarines. (My father served in the South Pacific during the war, and stayed in the US Navy for 20 years.)

In contrast, today wars are something that people see on TV, but unless you live in Iraq or Afghanistan or have a loved one in the military, people go about their daily lives without the impact of World War II.

I am an American, and throughout the past decade we have been at war without the federal government -- either political party -- even paying for the wars. It is just added to the national debt. In fact, the country went to war in Iraq and CUT taxes at the same time.

JM said...

@Dave:

Very interesting comment indeed.

Portugal was neutral during WWII (the country was under Salazar's dictatorship), so the portuguese didn't exactly knew the horrors of war and, consequently, this country became the 'paradise' for exiled european royalty and spies of all nations. Lisbon (and other places on this small coast where I live) was the stage for political intrigue, conspiracy and plot.

As to the exhibition, well, it's huge and there are posters from many nations, including Russia. I just loved it!

Carolina Tavares said...

Sem dúvida estes quadros contam o que era veiculado pela mídia durante a guerra.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Very interesting discussion going on up there JM, I can see why you loved this exhibition, everything from those years fascinates me, the posters and the propaganda films too.

Dorian Susan said...

As a history buff with special interest in WWII, I appreciate seeing these images. Thanks for sharing. I'd love to see this exhibit.

Mo said...

A lot of this memorabilia/propoganda can be found at the war museum here. Great collection of posters.

Sylvia K said...

This is a fascinating post for the day, JM! I do remember similar posters everywhere here in the states. I would love to see this exhibit and your comments to/from Dave are very interesting! Thank you for your kind comment on my blog yesterday, much appreciated. Have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Babzy said...

Very interesting !

cieldequimper said...

I think it's scary.

Happy New Year JM!

Lois said...

Wow JM, these are really interesting!

Lowell said...

I would love to see this exhibit! While I have no direct recollection of these posters, I remember similar ones; food rationing; gas rationing; and worst of all, kids could no longer buy bubble gum!

VP said...

I collect (images) of these, but I have never seen any pf these. Great idea for an exhibition, thanks for showing us some of it!

joo said...

It's a great collection JM!

Halcyon said...

I'd love to see this. I'm glad you are sharing some of the shots. Must be really interesting!

RedPat said...

They look fabulous!

magiceye said...

Fascinating post! Most of the slogans valid today too!


Regarding the peanut seller on my post, well yes, he is unique to Mumbai.

Jack said...

I would LOVE to see this exhibition. Yale had a terrific poster exhibition last year, and I spent hours looking at the posters.

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Wow... how interesting! Wish I could see it!

Bob Crowe said...

I'd love to see it. Such posters are both powerful and manipulative. Every culture has them in one way or another. The old Soviet posters are particularly notorious.

Randy said...

These are amazing. We studied this style in an Illustration class that I took.

Francisca said...

There's no major nation that does not pump out its share of propaganda posters... only when it is "ours" we label it "public information" or "awareness raising"... I'd go to this exhibition when I'm in the mood to have my buttons pushed. :-) (Interesting exchange between Dave and you.)

Rob and Mandy said...

I'll think car sharing over!

Arija said...

What a great lot of war propaganda posters, certainly worth seeing.