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Anya Gallaccio

Ars Futura

In the past, Anya Gallaccio has used chocolate, cactuses, and oranges in her work. In this exhibition, money was both the medium and the theme of her installation. She made a golden carpet of 50,000 5-rappen pieces, and although it might have seemed a cliché, in its sheer, physical presence the piece brought home its point better than any abstract concept could. The coins, with a value of 2,500 Swiss Francs or 1,000 English Pounds, covered an area of more than 15 square meters. Money here was a mere material—an abstraction without meaning. It had lost that magic that guarantees the compatability of the most disparate social systems.

In theory, when the exhibition ended the coins were to be returned to the vault. But this was impossible in the case of the piece entitled Door (Monica), 1993. Gallaccio placed approximately 250 flowers between a glass pane—that matched the size of the front

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