Millionaire’s Chamber: A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III with treasures by Franziska Nast, Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld, Hendrik-Jan Hunneman
For 11 years, Thomas Geiger has been selling stamped, signed and numbered certificates out of an edition of 1.000.000 – for 1 Euro each. The story of this performance begins in spring 2010, when he placed himself in a public space carrying a sign that read: I want to become a millionaire. The work became the economic backbone of his artistic practice; a regular source of capital for his projects (and sometimes just funding for his living expenses).
In recent years, Geiger’s purist certificates have themselves become a place for encounters between other artists’ work and his own. The so-called Artists’ Sheets are a growing collection of “aesthetically enhanced” Millionaire-Sheets made by fellow artists. This follows a tradition that has its roots in the beginning of the 20th century. Under the influence of Jugendstil and the Arts & Crafts movement, industrials engaged artists to illustrate their companies’ shares in order to enhance their value through this artistic addition.
Successively the latest of these Artists’ Sheets will be on display during one year in the Millionaire's Chamber, which is located, (well secured), in the basement of the gallery. The third three contributions are by Franziska Nast, Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld and Hendrik-Jan Hunneman.
Part I with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE, 15.05.–14.06.2021
Part II with treasures by Na Kim, Neven Allgeier and Anna Paul, 15.06.–14.07.2021
Part III with treasures by Franziska Nast, Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld and Hendrik-Jan Hunneman, 16.07.–15.09.2021