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Medals of Dishonour

British Museum

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Philip Attwood & Felicity Powell

Softcover | 22.2 x 1.3 x 26.7 cm | 136 pp

British Museum | 2009 | 9780714118161

Alongside the longstanding and well-known association of medals with glory and achievement lies another darker tradition of the medal as an indicator of dishonour.

Medals of Dishonour reveals this little-known history, and also shows internationally renowned contemporary artists engaging with the medal as a vehicle for political and social comment.

The first part of the catalogue consists of a representative selection of about twenty medals of the 17th to 20th centuries, including Dutch medals satirising James II and Louis XIV, German and British medals on financial scandal and political corruption, a French medal showing Napoleon III as a cockchafer, German WWI anti-war medals, and two of David Smith's Medals for Dishonour.

The second part consists of medals and related drawings recently commissioned by the British Art Medal Trust from twelve celebrated contemporary artists. The artists were asked to make works focusing on important issues of our times. Subjects include war, race, ASBOs and our modern obsession with shopping.

 

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