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Berlin  |  Germany  | 

Dreissig Silberlinge

Money determines much of our lives and actions through forming the basis of our very existence in a Western Capitalist world. Within the context of art it is, however, a difficult issue to address.

Berlin based lawyer Stefan Haupt decided to construct his contemporary art collection around the topic of money after buying his first piece of art by the Taiwanese artist, Lee Mingwei. For the piece “Money for Art” (1997) Mingwei created several origami sculptures out of 10 dollar bills which he then gifted to different people from various backgrounds in order to see what eventually will happen to his sculptures in the future. Some owners used the work to buy ice cream or a pair of shoes, whilst others continued to cherish the dollar note as an art work. Like Mingwei’s piece, many of the works in Haupt’s 200-work-strong Haupt Collection criticize the capitalist values that dominate our financial system – or the art market for that matter.

The works from the collection highlight and reflect on social and economic grievances, historical events such as the German Reunification, as well as political issues arising from different monetary unions or economic crises. Carefully selected pieces by renowned artists such as Joseph Beuys, Georg Herold, Daniel Spoerri, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Lawrence Weiner, to name but a few, investigate into cultural differences and the role of the individual within society against the backdrop of the number one thing that makes the world go round.

MATHIEU MERCIER, $, 2000. Photo: Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
MATHIEU MERCIER, $, 2000. Photo: Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
TIMM ULRICHS, Verborgenes Objekt III: Geld, 1994/2007. Photo: Wilfried Petzi, München
TIMM ULRICHS, Verborgenes Objekt III: Geld, 1994/2007. Photo: Wilfried Petzi, München
TIMM ULRICHS, Verborgenes Objekt III: Geld, 1994/2007. Photo: Wilfried Petzi, München
TIMM ULRICHS, Verborgenes Objekt III: Geld, 1994/2007. Photo: Wilfried Petzi, München
TIMM ULRICHS, Verborgenes Objekt III: Geld, 1994/2007. Photo: Wilfried Petzi, München
TIMM ULRICHS, Verborgenes Objekt III: Geld, 1994/2007. Photo: Wilfried Petzi, München
TIMM ULRICHS, Verborgenes Objekt III: Geld, 1994/2007. Photo: Wilfried Petzi, München
TIMM ULRICHS, Verborgenes Objekt III: Geld, 1994/2007. Photo: Wilfried Petzi, München
TIMM ULRICHS, Verborgenes Objekt III: Geld, 1994/2007. Photo: Wilfried Petzi, München
TIMM ULRICHS, Verborgenes Objekt III: Geld, 1994/2007. Photo: Wilfried Petzi, München
ANNE JUD, Dollarfächer, 2002. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
ANNE JUD, Dollarfächer, 2002. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
NIKOLAUS EBERSTALLER, HONEY/Home Made Money II Edition BLM Collectable, 2015. Courtesy the artist
NIKOLAUS EBERSTALLER, HONEY/Home Made Money II Edition BLM Collectable, 2015. Courtesy the artist
MICHAEL TIMPSON, A Horse Man Rode Out (Detail), Performance at S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium, 1999. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MICHAEL TIMPSON, A Horse Man Rode Out (Detail), Performance at S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium, 1999. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
LEX DREWINSKI, Europe, 2011. Photo: Lex Drwewinski, Falkensee bei Berlin
LEX DREWINSKI, Europe, 2011. Photo: Lex Drwewinski, Falkensee bei Berlin
DADARA, Like, 2013. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
DADARA, Like, 2013. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
DADARA, Like, 2013. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
DADARA, Like, 2013. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
STEPHAN BALKENHOL, Geld (Kupfer), 2009. Courtesy Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle and Jakob Zoche, Berlin
STEPHAN BALKENHOL, Geld (Kupfer), 2009. Courtesy Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle and Jakob Zoche, Berlin
STEPHEN BARNWELL, United States Of Islam: 6 $ Note, Caliphate Bank A, 2008. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
STEPHEN BARNWELL, United States Of Islam: 6 $ Note, Caliphate Bank A, 2008. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
STEPHEN BARNWELL, United States Of Islam: 6 $ Note, Caliphate Bank A, 2008. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
STEPHEN BARNWELL, United States Of Islam: 6 $ Note, Caliphate Bank A, 2008. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
JSG BOGGS, Transaktion (Making Money), 2000/2001. Photo: Jakob Zoche, Berlin
JSG BOGGS, Transaktion (Making Money), 2000/2001. Photo: Jakob Zoche, Berlin
ALICIJA KWADE, Das Treibwerk, 2013. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
ALICIJA KWADE, Das Treibwerk, 2013. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
THOMAS ELLER, THE bounty (Euro), 2012. Courtesy the artist
THOMAS ELLER, THE bounty (Euro), 2012. Courtesy the artist
ELLY BALTUS, The Sound of Money (for Art Reserve Bank), 2012. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
ELLY BALTUS, The Sound of Money (for Art Reserve Bank), 2012. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
ELLY BALTUS, The Sound of Money (for Art Reserve Bank), 2012. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
ELLY BALTUS, The Sound of Money (for Art Reserve Bank), 2012. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
THOMAS BAUMGÄRTEL, 50-DM-Banane, 2002. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
THOMAS BAUMGÄRTEL, 50-DM-Banane, 2002. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
JULIA HERFURTH, Fatma Aliye – Durchleuchtung eines türkischen 50-Lira-Scheins, 2012. Courtesy the artist
JULIA HERFURTH, Fatma Aliye – Durchleuchtung eines türkischen 50-Lira-Scheins, 2012. Courtesy the artist
JERRY BERNDT, New York City Stock Exchange, 1973. Courtesy the artist and white trash contemporary Hamburg
JERRY BERNDT, New York City Stock Exchange, 1973. Courtesy the artist and white trash contemporary Hamburg
JÜRGEN SCHIEFERDECKER, adoramus...?, 1978. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
JÜRGEN SCHIEFERDECKER, adoramus...?, 1978. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
NIKO LUOMA, Untitled, 2003. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
NIKO LUOMA, Untitled, 2003. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MINGWEI LEE, Money for Art, 1997. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MINGWEI LEE, Money for Art, 1997. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MINGWEI LEE, Money for Art, 1997. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MINGWEI LEE, Money for Art, 1997. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MINGWEI LEE, Money for Art, 1997. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MINGWEI LEE, Money for Art, 1997. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MINGWEI LEE, Money for Art, 1997. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MINGWEI LEE, Money for Art, 1997. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MINGWEI LEE, Money for Art, 1997. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MINGWEI LEE, Money for Art, 1997. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MINGWEI LEE, Money for Art, 1997. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MINGWEI LEE, Money for Art, 1997. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
BARTON LIDICÉ BENEŠ, Dollar – Pillendose, 2000. Courtesy the artist and white trash contemporary Hamburg
BARTON LIDICÉ BENEŠ, Dollar – Pillendose, 2000. Courtesy the artist and white trash contemporary Hamburg
CHRISTA SOMMERER UND LAURENT MIGNONNEAU, The Value of Art Sheep's Head, 2010. Photo: Jakob Zoche, Berlin
CHRISTA SOMMERER UND LAURENT MIGNONNEAU, The Value of Art Sheep's Head, 2010. Photo: Jakob Zoche, Berlin
VIRGINIE MOSSÉ, Urbi et orbi (Christus mit Amex), 2011-14 (Version III, 2014). Courtesy the artist
VIRGINIE MOSSÉ, Urbi et orbi (Christus mit Amex), 2011-14 (Version III, 2014). Courtesy the artist
JUSTINE SMITH, The Bigger Bang – Black, 2009. Courtesy the artist
JUSTINE SMITH, The Bigger Bang – Black, 2009. Courtesy the artist
SEBASTIAN SIECHOLD, Schein – Nische, 2012. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
SEBASTIAN SIECHOLD, Schein – Nische, 2012. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MARIA & NATALIA PETSCHATNIKOV, Serie »Cash« (2), 2010. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
MARIA & NATALIA PETSCHATNIKOV, Serie »Cash« (2), 2010. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
WILL KEMPKES, 1 (Washington), From the series Serie Faces in my Pocket. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
WILL KEMPKES, 1 (Washington), From the series Serie Faces in my Pocket. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
WILL KEMPKES, 5 (Lincoln), From the series Serie Faces in my Pocket. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
WILL KEMPKES, 5 (Lincoln), From the series Serie Faces in my Pocket. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
WILL KEMPKES, 50 (Grant), From the series Serie Faces in my Pocket. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
WILL KEMPKES, 50 (Grant), From the series Serie Faces in my Pocket. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
JAN HENDERIKSE, Neunzehner, 1993. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin
JAN HENDERIKSE, Neunzehner, 1993. Photo: Hermann Büchner, Berlin