THE MIDAS TOUCH – MONEY TALKS
Size: variable; Materials: gold-coated brass, iron, pure distilled water, 1 million shredded euros.
A gold-coated Roman balance was used as a yardstick to measure economic issues. It weighed water (our very basic source of sustenance) against a briquette of one million shredded euros bills that can be understood as either social or functional objects. The briquette was produced by the Deutsche Bundesbank in Frankfurt and in the context of the exhibition it alludes to Germany’s status as the current leading economy in Europe, in contrast to the period of hyperinflation and economic turmoil occurred in the same country during the second decade of the 20th century.
At the same time, the public was invited to attend the lecture Mind Palaces: Another trouble with money: Resisting the economy or the economy of resistance?, held at the Bauhaus Museum of Weimar a few days after the opening at the Schiller Museum.
THE MIDAS TOUCH_Money talks - Installation at Schiller Museum - 03 April - 02 June 2019, Weimar, Germany
Photo by Carlos Santos
Mind Palaces: Another trouble with money: Resisting the economy or the economy of resistance?
Lecture by Edoardo Tedde, Dr. Boris Buden and Vasili Macharaze - 16 April, Bauhaus Museum, Weimar, Germany
Photo by Conrad Behr