Exactly forty years after the congress in Florence, FIDEM (International Art Medal Federation) https://www.fidem-medals.org/index.html is returning to this historic city, which played an exceptionally important role in the history of the medal. As part of this year’s congress https://www.fidem-medals.org/XXXVII%20-%20Florence%20-%202023/XXXVII%20congress.html organised at the Grand Hotel Baglioni, among numerous distinguished speakers from around the world, the National Museum of Modern Art will be represented by Tatijana Gareljić, a Museum Consultant and the Head of the Sculpture Collection and Medal and Plaque Collection at NMMU. She will present a lecture on the topic of the Croatian sculptor Damir Mataušić and his half-century-long significant work in the field of medal art.

Also planned is a visit to the private coin mint Picchiani e Barlacchi, https://picchianiebarlacchi.com which was once located in Florence but is now situated in the Tuscan village of Barberino Tavarnelle, about a forty-minute drive away.

The installation of the international exhibition of contemporary medals, which will take place from 12 October to 9 November in the monumental Dante’s Room at the Biblioteca Nazionale, https://www.bncf.firenze.sbn.it/#  includes twelve works by Croatian medallists: Ana Divković, Karlo Gross, Marko Horvat, Maja Krstić-Lukač, Damir Mataušić, Duje Matetić, Jelena Mavrić Varga, Matko Mijić, Luka Petrinjak, Janko Petrović, Irena Podvorac, Judita Poljak Krajnović. Matko Mijić’s medal “Hommage to Sailor Smiljanić” by from 2022, donated by the artist to the National Museum of Modern Art, will also be presented at the aforementioned exhibition.

Damir Mataušić, 14th Ivo Kerdić Memorial, 2022
Jelena Mavrić Varga, Ginkgo Biloba, 2022
Luka Petrinjak, Concerns, 2019
Matko Mijić, Hommage to Sailor Smiljanić, 2022
Photo: from the NMMU archive


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