Contemporary Art Exhibition Displaying 100,000 $1 bills at Guggenheim Museum

Contemporary Art Exhibition Displaying 100,000 $1 bills at Guggenheim Museum

For the German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann, winning the Hugo Boss prize in 2010 meant an opportunity for him to create a unique conceptual piece of art. With the $100,000 honorarium that he received for significant achievement in contemporary art and the exhibition time also awarded to the winner, the artist created a fantastic statement. He pinned 100,000 $1 bills on the wall of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, creating an extraordinary exhibition. The bills he exposed in the museum had to be used bills, not crisp new dollar bills, so that no one would think that his work is about capitalism and power. The idea behind this concept was the artist’s connection to money throughout his career. Feldmann says that there was no money in the art world when he started making art in the ’50s, so this installation is about showing the world the quantity – how much money there really is in the sum of $100,000. You can visit this year’s exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum between May 20 and November 2. It’s worth visiting because it is a onetime only exhibition, the artist taking home his money after November 2.


  • Harry Hilders May 31, 2011 at 15:43 PMLogin to Reply →

    It looks really great.

  • bean May 31, 2011 at 19:22 PMLogin to Reply →

    This website is very nice and a lot to get visitors, how do you get all that,, can help me?

  • Pato Paez June 1, 2011 at 01:28 AMLogin to Reply →

    I’m going to see it this week. It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. I wonder how many people tried to take at least one bill from the wall?

  • Beverly Phelps June 15, 2011 at 16:28 PMLogin to Reply →

    It looks very interesting, and I wish I could see it in person. It sets my creative ideas flowing, and I would like to offer a few suggestions: Gentle fans ruffling it to create movement.
    Nearing the end of the exhibit, patrons could pay to participate and remove a set amount of bills, say $15 to remove $10. The art would ever be changing, and the profits could go to a charity. To avoid liability issues, the patrons reach would be the limit.

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