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.

Exhibition Parts

I. What is Inflation?

II. The Matter of Inflation

III. Rome: A Thousand Years of Inflation

IV. France: Inflation and Revolution

V. France: From the Franc to the Euro

VI. Scattered Inflations

VII. Times of Hyperinflation

VIII. An Area of Limited Inflation: The United States

Original Location

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Related Reading

Read the accompanying article in ANS Magazine here
Read the press release here.


April 30 2012 review in The Daily Beast