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Two Medallions of the Mostra della Rivoluzione Fascista

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    I would be interested to hear any thoughts as to the purpose of these two small medallions – my idea is that they were perhaps intended as fobs for pocket watch chains.

    Both commemorate visits to, or other events associated with, the Mostra della Rivoluzione Fascista – the Exhibition of the Fascist Revolution – which was held in Rome at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni from 1932 to 1934. The round medallion shows the special façade which was created for the duration of the exhibition (this video shows the building today and provides a ‘guided tour’ of the Mostra della Rivoluzione Fascista: Terragni, La Sala "O", Mostra della Rivoluzione fascista, Roma 1932 (tesi di laurea) - YouTube)

    The round medal was created for the Instituto del Nastro Azzurro (Institute of the Blue Ribbon), an association of those decorated for valour, which was founded in Rome on March 26, 1923 and still exists today (www.istitutonastroazzurro.org) . The medallion celebrates the 1st national gathering of those decorated for valour, in Rome on 28 October of EF XI, the 11th year of the Fascist Era or 1933 in the pre-revolutionary calendar.

    The square medallion is from the same year and I believe commemorates the visit of members of the Ansaldo works branch of the Opera Nazionale Dopolavoro (OND), the Fascist leisure and recreational organization. Ansaldo (Ansaldo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia), was a major engineering company (1853-1993), responsible for the manufacture of aircraft, railway locomotives, cars, tanks etc.

    I collect anything related to the Mostra della Rivoluzione Fascista so was delighted to obtain these two small souvenirs.

    Regards,

    Philip

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    Most of these little medals were, as you say, intended for drops on watch chains. These are a Very nice pair of medallions and extremely well made! They are a nice and rare find, for sure!
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Quote by Wagriff View Post
    Most of these little medals were, as you say, intended for drops on watch chains. These are a Very nice pair of medallions and extremely well made! They are a nice and rare find, for sure!
    Thanks for your comments William, much appreciated.

    Yes, a lot of beautifully designed and well-made artefacts were left behind by the Fascist era in Italy. On the round medallion, I like that the die-maker has carefully included the lettering of "Mostra della Rivoluzione Fascista" over the entrance even though it isn't really visible to the naked eye.

    Concerning the exhibition itself, I like the way it demonstrates the big influence that modernism had in architecture and other design under Fascism (what's often called 'art deco' nowadays). In Germany the same style was associated with socialism and 'Jewish internationalism' and so was never really in favour. So whilst Italy built a great modernist city at Asmara, in Eritrea, Nazism suppressed the Bauhaus and even turned a cold shoulder to Mies van der Rohe, who was prepared to embrace the regime.

    Regards,

    Philip

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