Masters of Relief

26 May 2018 - 11 November 2018

The International Art Medal Federation 35th Congress Exhibition

Dora de Pédery-Hunt, R. Tait McKenzie and Emanuel Hahn were medal sculptors working in bas relief (shallow, 3-dimensional works such as coins). These pieces are subtle and highly detailed works of art. Some are awards, some are commemorations and some of these pieces have become icons we carry around with us in our pockets every day. Visitors were invited to drop by the showcase in our Gallery One space, off the reception area. Also available were large-scale reproductions of three of the pieces, for pencil rubbings or just to touch.

Photo Gallery

showcase full of medals

These items were gathered from institutional, personal and the Museum’s own collections.

sculpture of speed skaters

Brothers of the Wind was originally 3 metres wide. A reduced version was produced for the public.

plaster cast of Canadian dime

Look familiar? It should; this Emanuel Hahn sculpture has been part of our currency since 1937.

plaster cast of the Queen’s head

Dora de Pédery-Hunt was the first Canadian woman to sculpt the Queen for currency production.

two display tables

For a little hands-on fun, we created a rubbing station so visitors could create their own rubbings of some of the artifacts.

hands making a crayon rubbing of a coin

Medals and coins are very subtle sculptures, so a careful hand is needed for good results.

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