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14 Dec 2021

Galaxy of Coins - Brooklyn

Exonumia | mrbrklyn

As we slowly recover from Covid-19, museums in the NYC are reopening. Although they are requiring masking and not fully opened, many objects of numismatic interest are being dusted off and displayed. At the Brooklyn Museum in NYC, the Oriental sections of the second floor have been under renovation for many years. But this year, they have finally begun to reopen much of the delayed work on the second floor of this museum. The museum had an exhibit from Chinese Born artist Ni Youyu, born in 1984, was commissioned by Brooklyn Museum to create a body of art that involves 66 coins from around the world that is pounded and reworked with micro art, and formed into a collection that makes a coherent exhibit.

Ni's work started in the wake of the 2007 fiscal crisis and reflects his own personnel relationship with coinage and money which he goes into great details in explain here: https://www.niyouyu.com/galaxy-project

Following his installations in 2008, the museum commissioned its own unique work which Ni finished in 2014-2018. It was to be installed in the refurbished exhibit. Since then we had suffered under COVID-19 and citywide lock downs causing delays. The flattened and painted coins are painted with use of a loupe and together recall Chinese Cosmology. The installation is a critique of consumerism and the world trade in art (don't bite the hand that feeds you "Vincent").


True View, who made the showcase, explains their display of the coin art
The museum's new acquisition of Ni Youyu's work Brooklyn Galaxy, made specifically for the newly re-opened Brooklyn Museum Chinese Galleries, is wonderful and captivating, yet it also proved a challenge to install. The work consists of 66 coins, hammered flat, obliterating or nearly obliterating the evidence of their monetary value, and country of origin. The coins are ½" - 1 ¼" in diameter from various metal alloys and colors. Each of the coins became a surface onto which he painted images with extremely detailed delicacy and adeptness. These coins when installed on a wall become a galaxy unto themselves, revealing a whole universe of ideas, thought, emotions, and feeling.
The exhibit can be seen on the Brooklyn Museums webstie:
https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/216753
Here is the slideshow of the images and exhibit

http://images.mrbrklyn.com/brooklyn_museum_11_2021/coins1.jpg?slideshow=3&width=1024



Comments

Those coins look really nice!

Mike

Level 7

Are you from Brooklyn. ? I am

Kepi

Level 6

These are very interesting and beautiful! Thanks for an enjoyable blog! ; )

Longstrider

Level 6

Amazing work and a clever idea. Thanks.

mrbrklyn

Level 4

One of the things that was not made clear at the musuem was that each of the coins respesent, I believe, an object in the Brooklyn Museum collection.

"SUN"

Level 6

Art and coinage go together

mrbrklyn

Level 4

Brooklyn Museum Address: 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238-6099 Phone: +1 718 638 500 https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/

Golfer

Level 5

Would love to see the artwork in person. Never heard of these. Nice blog.

Anakin104

Level 4

Great art on those coins. It would be cool if they circulated those coins...

AC coin$

Level 5

We have from Oriental references in Chinese dinasties that even art in porcelain , bones ,bamboo paper were forms of cash many centuries ago . Wonderful blog.

Mike

Level 7

There are many forms of art on coins . The Conder tokens I collect i call art on copper. These are very nice. Thanks for the information. I will look I to this further.

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