Money, Good and Evil

A Visual History of the Economy

Money is inextricably linked to history. In one century it seems to be a good thing, in another evil, then it becomes almost invisible. The catalogue for the Great Federal State Exhibition shows how differently artists have portrayed the age-old question of money and how it is handled over a period of 750 years. While the Renaissance merchants flaunt their riches as a sign of success and progress, the depiction of coins in the Baroque period becomes a symbol of a fleeting earthly wealth. Most recently, the financial crisis of 2008 spurred international artists to once again voice their criticism of capitalism. Money and business, power and morality – the portrayal ranges from socio-psychological or objectively analytic points of view to an emotional exploration of the subject.



Adel Abdessemed, Pieter van Anraedt, Adriana Arroyo, Bartholomeus van Bassen, Joseph Beuys, Bewegung NURR, Margaret Bourke-White, Benedikt Braun, Peeter van Bredael, Bartholomeus Bruyn t. e., Ioë Bsaffot, Christoph Büchel, Giovanni Carlone, Pieter Codde, Edwaert Collier, Lucas Cranach t. e., Hanne Darboven, Abraham Diepraem, Dosso Dossi, Maria Eichhorn, Öyvind Fahlström, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Georg Flegel, Sylvie Fleury, Mark Flood, Zachary Formwalt, Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts, Jim Goldberg, Otto Edmund Günther, Johann Peter Hasenclever, John Heartfield, Johann Heiss, Ernst Henseler, Damien Hirst, Karl Wilhelm Jochen Höller, Hübner, Liu Jianhua, Hunter Jonakin, Yves Klein, Ludwig Knaus, Gabriel Kuri, Alicja Kwade, Christin Lahr, Dorothea Lange, Cildo Meireles, Aernout Mik, Pieter de Neyn, Pratchaya Phinthong, Anahita Razmi, Marinus van Reymerswaele, Hans Richter, Jacob August Riis, Theodoor Rombouts,, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Dietisalvi di Speme, Axel Stockburger, Superflex, David Teniers t. y., Cheyney Thompson, Timm Ulrichs, Adriaen van Utrecht, Lucas van Valckenborch, Pietro della Vecchia, Jan Verkolje, Andy Warhol, Jan Wierix


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Money, Good and Evil

April 2016

ISBN 978-3-7356-0228-2

23,00 × 33,00 cm

320 pages

166 colored and 24 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Three quarter cloth binding, golden embossing

Languages: German, English

Johan Holten

Text by
Hendrik Bündge, Romina Farkas, Luisa Heese, Johan Holten, Winfried Kretschmann, Antje Oswald, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, Moritz Scheper, Ana Siler

Design by
Jens Rudolph,

Exhibition: »Money, Good and Evil« , on view at Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden Museum, and Casino Baden-Baden, March 5 – June 19, 2016