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Cildo Meireles 'Zero dollar', 1974 - 1984

Zero dollar

Fecha:
1974 - 1984
Tipo obra:
Object
Material:
Offset print on paper
Medidas:
2 bitllets 6,7 x 15,7 cm c/u
Procedencia:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Consortium
Registre núm:
3806

TRAVEL HISTORY OF THIS WORK

  • Fecha:
    06 Oct. 2011 - 22 Jan. 2012
    Lugar:
    Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Muhka, Anvers, Bèlgica

This work belongs to the series Árvore do dinheiro (Money Tree, 1969) in which Meireles analyzes the paradox of symbolic value versus the real value of things and he questions the differences between real, symbolic and exchange value. In order to go further into this analysis of value, from 1974 to 1978 he ventured onto the terrain of artistic falsification and produced, as a parody, Zero cruzeiro (Zero Cruceiros) and Zero centavo (Zero Centavos), reducing the value of money to nothing. He also replaced the illustrious figures who usually decorate banknotes with two individuals who are theoretically on the fringes of Brazilian society: an inmate of a psychiatric hospital in Trinidad and a Kraô Indian. En Zero dollar (Zero Dollars, 1978–84) and Zero cent (Zero Cents, 1978–84), he delves into the meaning of the monetary, by understanding foreign currency as an iconic representation of a country. In these works money becomes a paradigm of the relationship between matter and symbol, since it can be both things at once.



"By using the dollar in my work, I specifically hoped to escape from the stereotypical association of Brazilian money with inflation by doing a direct, simplistic thing. That didn't happen with the dollar - it was more universal. Because in , the problem is isolated even further. People pick up the bank note and ask: 'What is a cruzeiro? What language is this?'."

Cildo Meireles

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