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National Bank of Slovakia - Museum of Coins and Medals in Kremnica & Gallery UMELK in Bratislava- (Slovakia)

Slovak Medal 2016 – 2020; Thirty Year Anniversary of the Slovak Art Medal Society

National Bank of Slovakia - Museum of Coins and Medals in Kremnica
15.12.2020 – 24.04.2021

Gallery UMELKA. Bratislava
3.5.- 30.5 2021

The exhibition Slovak Medal 2016 – 2020 is presenting the work of the members of the Slovak Art Medal Society and their guests. The artists born between 1933 and 1985 have lived and worked mainly in Bratislava and Kremnica, but also in various regions of Slovakia.

The works of many artists meet the criteria of the classic medal with its basic attributes, but many of them have created experimental works, using unconventional techniques and materials, or shift the traditional form of the medal to the boundary of small sculpture or miniature spatial object.

We perceive their work as a blend of the classic medal based on external stimuli, limited by format, shape, content, technique ... and the freely conceived medal allowing the artists almost absolute freedom, ignoring valid canons and freeing themselves from depictions in relief protruding into space in the form of small sculpture or object. They use a variety of traditional and new techniques of metal processing, but also methods unthinkable until recently, such as assemblage, essential in the use of new materials ranging from stone, iron, glass, through paper, laminate, plastic, feathers to various used and found objects of everyday life.

The Slovak contemporary medal draws creative inspiration from a variety of themes. In addition to commemorative medals, reminiscent of anniversaries and occasional events, they mainly include society themes responding to serious environmental and human problems ranging from anonymous depictions to reflecting specific events that have influenced our country. They are in contrast to literary, meditative or philosophical sources of inspiration and emotional confessions exploring the spiritual world of contemporary man.

The artistic expression of these works is closely associated with the distinctive styles of individual artists, and naturally adapted to the micro-world and requirements of the quality standards of medal production.

It ranges from elaborate figure compositions concealing in expressive gestures, but also imaginative and subtle shape modelling up to geometry and minimalism. Narrative, metaphor and the language of symbols, symbolic or conceptual, is a convincing element of communication between the artist and the viewer.

Exhibition Catalogue (PDF)


Moderna Galerija - Zagreb (Croatia)

Welcome to the virtual visit of the retrospective exhibition over Izlozba Damir Matausic (1974-2020).

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Japan Art Medal Association (J.A.M.A) - Tokyo (Japan)

JAPAN ART MEDAL ASSOCIATION held its 37th annual Japan Art Medal Exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum from 21st to 26th January 2020.

The total number of visitors for 6 days was 888 people. It has been held in autumn for the past few years, but it was held in January New Year for the first time. The number of exhibits was 45 in the competition section, 23 in the member section and 22 in the reference items from the Mint Bureau. Other commemorative medals, reliefs, and reference items such as FIDEM related items were 212, and a total of 302 medals were displayed in the venue. In addition, a special jury prize was also set up this time by the chairman of the jury.

The competition section's review results were as follows:
JAMA Non-member Mr. Masayuki Takemoto was awarded the Association Grand Prize for Claude Monet.


The Mint Bureau Chief Director’s Prize went to Ms .Emiko Shigeta for Tomorrow-Birth I.

Tsubomi by Mr.Haruhisa Shirafuji received the Contemporary Art Medal Prize.

And the Newcomer Prize was awarded to Ms Atsuko Miyamoto for her medal entitled Fuyuu.



The jury selected for the special prize the medal INSIDE by Ms.Yumi Terasaki.


The next exhibition is scheduled for July 2021.