From 11th September 2020 the Münzkabinett at the Residenzschloss is open Friday to Sunday from 10 to 17.
The German Contemporary Art Medal
For about the past 20 years, medallic art in Germany has undergone an interesting development. It is characterised by new forms of expression, artistic experimentation, diversity of materials and a broad spectrum of themes.
The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medaillenkunst (German Society for Medallic Art), of which the Dresden Münzkabinett has been a member since the Society’s foundation in 1991, is successfully fostering medallic art in Germany. In addition, Germany regularly submits a selection of the best works for display in the world expositions of the Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d’Art (FIDEM). As the expositions organised over the past two decades have shown, Germany has advanced to become one of the leading nations in medallic art in terms of the quality and quantity of the works selected.
The exhibition “Die deutsche Kunstmedaille der Gegenwart” (The German Contemporary Art Medal) focuses particularly on the German contributions to the FIDEM expositions in Colorado Springs (USA) in 2007 and in Tampere (Finland) in 2010, these works being supplemented by other important art medals created in recent years. A total of around 150 medals by more than 50 artists from all over Germany are on show, with the regions of Halle, Berlin, Dresden, Cologne and Munich playing an outstanding role as centres of contemporary medallic art. Attention is especially drawn to the remarkable way in which artists working in this genre have taken up social and sociocritical themes.