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« Reply #180 on: August 15, 2017, 05:50:30 PM »
Thank you, Bimat. I will be in London in that period and I'll make sure I have time to see it. If there is a catalogue. I'll buy it. Members of WoC can contact me if they also want a copy of the catalogue if there is one.

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« Reply #181 on: August 16, 2017, 06:15:46 AM »
Lahore Museum reopens three galleries for public

By Mariam ShafqatPublished: August 15, 2017

LAHORE : The Lahore Museum reopened the Coins, Postage Stamps and Freedom Movement galleries, while also exhibiting commemorative coins of Pakistan from 1976 to date on Monday.

Lahore Museum Director Humayun Mazhar, while inaugurating the galleries, said renovation work was carried out under the supervision of additional director Noshaba Anjum. He said the galleries had been renovated so that visitors could properly educate themselves by experiencing a detailed history about the struggle and roles of various leaders to achieving an independent homeland.

The Coins Gallery depicted history from the 6th century BC onwards in a chronological sequence, he said. The museum administration allowed free entry to visitors, while brochures of the Pakistan Freedom Movement Gallery were also distributed to provide information about the creation of the nation.

According to the information provided by Lahore Museum, the Freedom Movement Gallery narrates, with the help of paintings, photographs and newspaper cuttings, the story of the struggle for freedom of the Muslims of India from 1757 to the creation of Pakistan in 1947.

The gallery depicts a photographic description of the life and struggle of Tipu Sultan, Sir Sayed Ahmed Khan, Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. At the entrance of the gallery is a large painting by Shahbaz Khan, showing Tipu Sultan of Mysore during his last battle against the Britain outside the gates of Seringapatam in 1799.

In the main hall of the gallery are displayed portraits of Sir Syed Ahmed khan, the social and educational reformer and moderniser of the Muslim community, Allama Iqbal, the national poet of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam, the founder of Pakistan and Maulvi Fazal-e-Haq who tabled the Pakistan Resolution in Lahore on March 23, 1940.

The last part of the gallery displays photographs with citations of heroes from the armed forces of Pakistan who won the Nishan-e-Haider, the highest military award of Pakistan. There is also a special section which is devoted to the life and achievements of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Iqbal.

The coin collection, comprising 40,000 pieces, is one of the largest in the subcontinent. It includes the earliest examples of punch-marked coins issued in the 6th and 7th century BC during the time of the Achaemenian Empire.

This collection represents almost all the ruling families of the region like Graeco-Bactrian, Indo-Greek, Mauryan, Indo-Parthian, Kushan, Indo-Scythian, Huns, Hindu Shahia, Arabs, Ghaznavids, the Sultans, the Mughals, the Durranis, the Sikhs, the British and the modern coins of Pakistan.

Source: The Tribune
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« Reply #182 on: October 18, 2017, 08:38:49 AM »
The revolutionary design of communist currencies

Published 18th October 2017

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Jacopo Prisco, CNN

The British Museum explores the history and design of communist banknotes in its latest exhibition, open this week. But the show's title, "The Currency of Communism," is -- in theory -- a contradiction in terms, according to curator Thomas Hockenhull.

"Under full communism, or Marxist theory, there should be no money," he said in a phone interview.

"It's a social construct, therefore it should not exist -- and yet we have the material evidence in front of us, currencies from all these countries that never succeed in eliminating money from their economies."

Since the October Revolution of 1917, more than 20 countries have adopted some form of communism -- so why did none of them abolish money?

"The answer is that it was too difficult: It's impossible to interact with capitalist states without some form of monetary exchange," said Hockenhull.

Instead of eliminating money altogether, which may have caused economic chaos, communist states pursued a different approach: "The currency was symbolically devalued, to give citizens an indication that they should not value monetary wealth, but other things such as social interaction and access to art and culture."

This move brought about a transformation. Stripped of value, money instead carried a message: "It became an organ of state propaganda, a visual representation of the state's aspirations, and easily the most circulated one," said Hockenhull.

While banknotes' designs  were heavy with classic socialist symbols such as workers, foundries and large infrastructure projects, more specific messages were relayed through posters and public ads, which also form part of the British Museum's exhibition.

One poster from the USSR shows a family gathered around a piano, along with the message that saving money "bit by bit" was the only way to buy an expensive item, as there was virtually no access to consumer credit at the time.

The iconography can be taken to comical extremes, such as a Somalian banknote -- designed to empower women -- which shows a woman holding a shovel, a gun and a baby simultaneously. But for Hockenhull, the items on display share one common trait: "The images on the notes are startlingly beautiful," he said.

"They're very aspirational, they show the kind of idealized state that the social government wanted to build."

The Currency of Communism is at London's British Museum from 19 October 2017 to 18 March 2018.

Source: CNN

Image Caption: "Saving Bit by Bit, We'll (Be Able To) Buy," USSR, 1955. Credit: Courtesy The British Museum
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« Reply #183 on: October 20, 2017, 05:28:16 PM »
Was it on exhibition in June as well, now again? Well made exhibition but utterly boring topic. Nothing revolutionary, nothing nice, just dull one colored currencies with all the same motives. Although British somehow are indeed fascinated with certain aspects of communism, like mentioned brainwashing messages, or brutalist architecture which I find the ugliest possible piece of whatever, especially for the monuments and important landmarks (many examples of fine neogothic/neoclasiccist libraries, theaters, halls etc. destroyed to be made just into a block of concrete). I guess it's funny if it's the only building in the country ugly like that. But communist/socialist apartment blocks are far from being exclusive to central and eastern Europe only, where they are stereotyped and assumed.

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« Reply #184 on: October 20, 2017, 05:36:30 PM »
See reply #179. The exhibition just opened. I'll be in London next and week and I 'll try to go to the BM, though it seems at this moment that I may not have the time. I will try hard to visit Bletchley Park, where one of my heroes, Alan Turing, worked. If the BM visit works, Bletchley Park will be the perfect antidote. ;)

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« Reply #185 on: October 20, 2017, 11:39:58 PM »
Before you go to London next week have a look round the British Museum from your armchair
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« Reply #186 on: October 20, 2017, 11:54:00 PM »
You can also have a look round the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam but they haven't added much to the site yet.

I visited here many years ago.

Look for links to other museums (Collections) on the British museum site above.
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