Witnesses: émigré medallists in Britain – Gallery Talk
30 January 2019
British Museum, London
Gallery talk by curator Philip Atwood about Witnesses: émigré medallists in Britain exhibition celebrating the invaluable role played by artists from abroad in the development of British Museum medallic art.
On display are medals that span six centuries, including notable works by medallists who fled Nazi oppression and sought refuge in Britain. Medallist Paul Vincze once summed up the question of nationality in 1975 when he stated: ‘I am Hungarian. My wife is French. We are British’, and objects on display will demonstrate how artists from abroad identified strongly with the country to which they had come.