Medals of Dishonour at the British Museum
By Aimee Lusty
posted: 06-24-09
collection of Medals of Dishonour courtesty British Museum
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Medals of Dishonour opens this Thursday at the British Museum. This exhibition is dedicated to displaying and preserving the history and tradition of the "darker side of medals." The exhibition is split into two parts: the first showcasing medals of dishonour from the 16th to 20th century displayed amongst prints and drawings. These medals, taken from the museum's collection, range from satirical and humorous subjects to political and somber themes. Among these works are two Medals of Dishonour by David Smith (who coined the term and from which the exhibition gets its title) and a "little known" medal by Marcel Duchamp.

The second part focuses on medals recently commissioned by contemporary artists including Jake and Dinos Chapman, William Kentridge, Grayson Perry, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Richard Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Ellen Gallagher, Langlands and Bell, Cornelia Parker, Michael Landy, Yun-Fei Ji, Steve Bell and Felicity Powell. These works were commissioned by the British Art Medal Trust, with contemporary subjects ranging from the war in Iraq to consumerism.

The British Museum website offers a copy of the PRESS RELEASE, as well as a SLIDE SHOW of the highlighted works in the exhibition.

25 June – 27 September 2009 British Museum Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG

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