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A selection of posters from the Australian War Memorial

20 April - 8 July 2018 

MPRG and Australian War Memorial exhibition

Propaganda: A selection of posters from the Australian War Memorial presents posters from across all of the major 20th century conflicts and gives a remarkable insight into the power of information graphics and the use of advertising and communication strategies in eliciting fear, loathing and calls to action. 

This unique exhibition is drawn from the Australian War Memorial’s amazing collection of historical propaganda posters, which is one of the largest collections in the world.

Three contemporary Australian poster artists, Alison Alder, Wendy Murray and Jake Holmes, have been commissioned to make new work in response to the propaganda posters in the AWM collection. These commissions creatively explore and celebrate the Memorial’s poster collection and present fresh perspectives on the unique aesthetic and history of propaganda posters.

Propaganda is co-curated by Danny Lacy Senior Curator MPRG and Alex Torrens, Curator of Art, Australian War Memorial. Exclusively presented at MPRG, this project is timed to commemorate the centenary of the First World War 1914-1918.

Image: Charles J. Noke, Talk less. You never know, c.1944 Issued by the Ministry of Home Secuirty and printed by James Hawthorn & Brother Ltd. Lithograph, Australian War Memorial


Free kids activity - the power to influence

Choose the colours you think are right, create some punchy text and design a striking poster of your own to win followers to your cause! Add your poster to the MPRG People’s Wall during the Propaganda exhibition.

Free guided tours - Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm