Money Talks: Art, Society & Power

Event date
10 Aug 2024 to 5 Jan 2025
Event time
10:00 - 17:00
Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
Event type
Event cost
Various ticket prices
Disabled access?
Booking required

A major exhibition opening on 10 August 2024 at the Ashmolean Museum exploring the place of money in our world through different artistic lenses.

Booking recommended. Entry is free for Ashmolean Members.

Money Talks will reveal how currency and art come together in design and culture to promote or challenge our views. It will feature works by some of the best-known artists, from Da Vinci and Rembrandt to Warhol and Banksy.

We are hardly aware that most of the imagery on our currency begins its life as art, before being mass produced on coins and notes. It has a dramatic impact on what and who we imagine is valuable.

Money has been a popular theme in art – from greed and prejudice to plenitude and happiness, artists have long explored and commented upon the balance between power and wealth through using money artistically in novel ways.

This major new exhibition will feature over 100 objects, including work from artists Andy Warhol and Grayson Perry, and from artists Banksy and Paula Stevens-Hoare who use money itself as a medium for political commentary and satire.

Alongside these artworks is a range of money including Roman, Chinese and Islamic coins, Art Nouveau banknotes, and the artwork for the currency featuring Kings Edward VIII and Charles III, on display for the first time.

Weaving stories from across the world with reflections on the role of physical currency in 2024, and featuring international objects and items from the Ashmolean’s leading collections, Money Talks will take visitors on an unexpected and engaging exploration of the intersection between money and art.