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Story House to feature exhibition of world bills

USEFUL BEAUTY:Taipei’s iconic Story House will show off legal tender from around the world with an eye to the aesthetic beauty of the art used on the face of the bills

By Tsai Wei-chi  /  Staff Reporter

A visitor to Taipei Story House in Taipei yesterday looks at banknotes from around the world at the current exhibit, “The history of banknotes.”

Photo: Tsai Wei-chi, Taipei Times

Starting yesterday, 1,100 bills of legal tender from Taiwan and other nations were put on display at the Taipei Story House.

Taipei Story House said many antique bills were put on display, including a 30cm long one printed in the Ming Dynasty, a 3cm bill released in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in Russia and bills issued by the Taiwan Bank during the Japanese colonial era under Emperor Taisho, which is when the Taipei Story House was built.

Taipei Story House managing director Chen Kuo-tsi (陳國慈) said over the weekend that while paper money was a necessity of modern life, its artistic and aesthetic value is often overlooked, adding that this exhibition differs from other collectors’ exhibition in that it focused on the artistic beauty of the bills.

Exhibition consultant Chuang Ming-kuo (莊銘國) said a lot of the paper money from other nations incorporated works by great artists, such as the The Sea at Estaque by French post--impressionist painter Paul Cezanne on the out-of-print 100 franc note and Nude with Calla Lillies by Mexican painter Diego Rivera on Mexico’s 500 peso note.

The exhibition will also feature many of the tools artisans use to carve the blocks used to print bank notes, giving viewers a chance to see how the pictures on the bill are formed as well as the work that goes into making the blocks.

The exhibition will run until July 1, and every Saturday, people with the character “chien” (錢), or money, in their name can enter the exhibition free of charge using their national identification card.

Translated by Jake Chung, Staff Writer

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