The sinful use of money can already be found in the biblical name of Mammon: Mammon, a worshipped deity, originates from dishonestly acquired profit or immorally used wealth. »No one can serve two masters: Either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be attached to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.« These words of Jesus are clear and plain, but their earthly interpretation is not as distinct.

Nomophobie Kunst

Money Prayer by DENKSTAHL

NFT – coming soon

DENKSTAHL has dealt with the money theme devotedly and intensively. In his extensive money art series HOLY DIRTY MONEY the Frankfurt artist does not leave out any money-related topic.

Around 600 BC, valuable goods such as livestock, grain, salt and shells were first and foremost used as intermediate means of exchange, i.e. it was commodity money. Gold and silver soon followed as popular means of payment to facilitate barter. Around 550 BC, the Lydian king Croesus introduced the first uniformly minted coins. China was the first country to put paper money into circulation in the 11th century. In Europe, the first banknotes were issued in the 15th century.

On the one hand, money has become a holy deity, and on the other hand, it is possible to  conduct dirty business with money  and because of it. Is it holy or dirty? From commodity money, fiat money, book money, coin money, paper money, plastic money and digital money to End Of Bargeld (End Of Cash) – the journey of a means of payment. In addition, DENKSTAHL also addresses the current cryptocurrency icon Bitcoin, whose advocates aim to decentralize the monetary system. The titles of his artworks are elementary; with Bribe Money, Black Money, Blood Money, the thinker, poet and artist addresses the abusive use of money.  Is there even clean money – money that isn’t tainted with blood? If not, how could we »wash it clean«  once it is in our hands?

 

The question is not,
whether you have money or want it,
the question is how you deal with it.

DENKSTAHL

Nomophobie Kunst

Fuck Life by DENKSTAHL

Digital Art – Unique Piece, 170×125 cm

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Holy Dirty Money

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What value do we attach to money today? Individually and socially. Earning money: the daily bread. A necessity, a means to an end and familiar to everyone. Wealth through work, the hunt for money – a natural endeavor in our latitudes. And yet it is not harmless. It is not for nothing that many people have an ambivalent relationship with money – perhaps because it is the root of all evil?

Quite a few successful people have neglected their family and friends on the way to their wealth, overstrained their physical and mental health, only to realize that the damage done cannot be undone with money, even later only to realize that it is more blessed to give than to receive.

The Satisfied Slave by DENKSTAHL

FineArtPrint – Limited Edition (5), 150×110 cm

The Great Society by DENKSTAHL

ScreenPrint – Limited Edition (30), 78×58 cm

Everything has its price, including the way we deal with money. From the way we handle money we can easily »apprehend« how we deal with life. And of course also how we deal with each other. With money, friendship does not cease, but the quality of the friendship becomes apparent. Money does not corrupt the character, but shows the character while bringing out the dark side of a person. Money alone does not make you happy; you have to let it flow. Avarice. Greed. The broken relationship with money. The disrupted flow is called hoarding. But life is in flow when money also flows.

Money makes you calculate and it is always about quantity. For it has long since ceased to be just a means of exchange and payment, it now also is the symbol of prosperity, wealth and power. But how much property and wealth do we really need? How much of the more-more-more is really enough? A degenerate need that cannot be satisfied per se. We are heading for the endgame of the ego. Towards the end of claims to possession, which are at the same time claims to power. Towards the end of the state of consciousness »mine«. My house. My family. My country. My nation. My religion. My God. My money.

 

For power and money,
a storm of misery, you’ve sparked as any.
A heart, that does not forget,
a heart, that bleeds, because you do forget.

DENKSTAHL

Ein Soldat läuft in einem Rosenfeld und trägt eine rote Rose zwischen seinen Lippen.

Second Nation by DENKSTAHL

Digital Art – Unique Piece, 140×150 cm

Black Money by DENKSTAHL

NFT – coming soon

Blood Money by DENKSTAHL

Unique Piece, 150×110 cm

Bribe Money by DENKSTAHL

Unique Piece, 150×150 cm

Holy Dirty Bitcoin by DENKSTAHL

NFT – coming soon

Support Poor Artists by DENKSTAHL

Unique Piece, 150×150 cm

Not Very Just by DENKSTAHL

Unique Piece 150×150 cm

In view of all the problems of those who have no money and those who have too much of it: Is there any middle ground at all between asceticism and decadence? What does a successful, beautiful way of dealing with money look like if we also want to think of the others? If we consider that every 10 seconds a child dies of hunger in this world. Although the quantity of the available, produced food would be enough for everyone and no single person would need to perish. And when we consider that the war industry is one of the biggest money-making industries of all. Although we, as humans, could all live together in peace.

With his works DENKSTAHL sprinkles salt into the wound. His pictures are rich in contrast, gaudy and critical all at once. They reflect our world of life. The seduction. The selfishness. The hypocrisy. The abuse. Desolate and degenerative conditions of the world. Starving children. Wars that are waged. The exploited planet. Because of money and because of power.

May The White Lord Forgive Us by DENKSTAHL

Unique Piece, 110×150 cm

Merry Fucking Christmas
by DENKSTAHL

Unique Piece, 110×150 cm

Money Maker
by DENKSTAHL

NFT – coming soon

Holy Dirty Dollar by DENKSTAHL

NFT – coming soon

Since the end of the Second World War, philosophers and cultural critics have been calling loudly and longingly for the new, because the old system – the ailing system of thought – has had its day. But how does the “new” really look like? What are we taking with us from the old world, what is still sacred to us and what is too dirty to make it into the brave new world? The worshipped deity of money is beautiful and dirty at the same time. An ancient story meets the future; at a turning point of times, we ask ourselves: what does the new zeitgeist value?

ILKNUR
Art Advisory & Mediation,
M.A. Philosophy & Educational Science

NORA
Art Advisory & Management,
MSc Psychology

Wealth Trough Work by DENKSTAHL

Unique Piece, 170×125 cm

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REBELLIOUS ART

URBAN ART

TRIBUTE TO

NATURAL BORN

HEADS – WARPAINTING

HEADS – STARS

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