Crisis and Innovation in the 1920s

Pierre Turin (1891-1968), Paris International Exhibition of Arts Decoratifs, 1925 © The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.
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The 1920s was a time of unprecedented change, after the trauma of the First World War. In America and Western Europe there was great prosperity and artistic innovation, with the new Art Deco style. At the same time there was economic and political crisis in Germany and Central Europe. In Russia the new dawn of Revolution led to Stalin’s terror.

All of this can be seen in coins, medals and banknotes of the 1920s now exhibited at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The exhibition is open until June 2, 2019.

Additional information is available on the Fitzwilliam Museum website.

The Fitzwilliam Museum is also currently showing an exhibition titled “Making a Nation: Money, image and power in Tudor and Stuart England”. It can be visited until June 30, 2019.

CoinsWeekly visited the coin cabinet at the Fitzwilliam Museum in 2011. You can find the report here.