Signs of Inflation
Zimbabwe: 100,000,000,000,000 dollars. 2008. Banknote. ANS 2012.10.1. Gift of Frederic G. Withington and François Velde.
Inflation has been the “friend” of all major wars and crises throughout the 20th century, from 1920s Germany to the disintegration of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. But inflation does not belong only to modern history. It occurs whenever a medium of payment becomes too abundant.
Visitors are invited to travel through time, space and a range of materials to discover inflation from Imperial Rome to contemporary Zimbabwe, from ancient coins to money-shells and banknotes that bear too many digits. This journey will challenge commonly accepted concepts of money, value and wealth.
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