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Medal - The Kodak Film Award, Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, Australia, 1958 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 44333

Summary:
Bronze medal commissioned by Kodak (Australasia) for The Kodak Film Award. Designed by Andor Mészáros and minted by Pinches, London, in 1958.

This medal was initially awarded at the Melbourne Film Festival about 1955-60. During the 1960s and 1970s it was presented during the Australian Film Institute Awards. The design juxtaposes two elements of film-making: the court jester leaping through the air symbolises what the audience sees on the screen; the spool of film to the left shows the individual frames that create the motion depicted. This was one of Andor Mészáros' most appealing medals and a successful use of the circular motif; the design echoes the curves and arcs of the medal itself.
Description:
Round white metal medal in blue box.
Statement Of Significance:
For over half a century, sculptors Andor (1900-1973) and Michael (1945- ) Meszaros have created medals that reflect the high points of life in Australia. From major awards and portraits of eminent Australians to artwork celebrating popular culture and the natural world, these objects illuminate our culture and history. Grounded in a centuries-old European art tradition, the medals create connections across disciplines and link such diverse subjects as scientific advances, religious themes, sport, the performing arts and motherhood. Through their public and private commissions and their personal artworks, the Meszaros sculptors have defined the modern Australian medal.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd, 2005
Acknowledgement:
Courtesy of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 63.00 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Measurement From Conservation.

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Tagged with: cinema, awards, medals, making history - kodak collection
Themes this item is part of: Andor Mészáros, Medal Artist (1900-1972), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Kodak Heritage Collection, Baker & Rouse, Migration Collection, Meszaros Medals Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Civil
Tertiary Classification: cinema & film awards
DateEra: 1958 AD
Obverse Description: Three leaping jesters. Around left side, film strip with leaping jester in each frame. Around right side: 'THE KODAK FILM AWARD'. At bottom ; 'Andor Meszaros / 1958 [initials?]'.
Reverse Description: Plain with raised rim.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: Three leaping jesters. Around left side, film strip with leaping jester in each frame. Around right side: THE KODAK FILM AWARD. At bottom : Andor Meszaros / 1958 [initials?]
Reverse: Plain with raised rim.
Edge: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: White metal
Issued By: Kodak (Australia) Pty Ltd, Coburg, Victoria, Australia, 1958
Mint: John Pinchas, 1958
Artist: Andor Mészáros, Victoria, Australia, 1958
Awarded By: Australian Film Institute (AFI)

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