Nicholas Mangan
2 June – 13 August 17


Nicholas Mangan, Limits to Growth Part 2–Numismatics: A study of dead and dying currencies and the true value of waste, 2017, HD colour, sound, duration: 8:53 minutes


Opening: June 1, 2017


Limits to Growth is the first survey exhibition by Australian artist Nicholas Mangan (born 1979, AU) and a unique introduction to the depth and variety of Mangan’s practice to European audiences. With a strong research base in both history and science, Mangan’s work addresses a range of themes, including the ongoing impacts of colonialism, humanity’s relationship with the natural environment, contemporary consumptive cultures, and the complex dynamics of the global political economy. At KW Mangan’s solo exhibition brings together five key projects produced over the last nine years in conversation with a new film production. The show lends its title from the work Limits to Growth (2016), which was produced for the touch and which explores the relationship between two monetary currencies: Rai, large stone coins from the Micronesian island of Yap, and Bitcoin, a digital currency allegedly invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008.


The survey exhibition was developed jointly by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin with Monash University Museum of Art in Melbourne (MUMA), and the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane (IMA). The exhibition is accompanied by an extensive publication published by Sternberg Press. It includes newly commissioned texts by Ana Teixeira Pinto and Helen Hughes, along with a conversation between the artist and Barcelona-based curatorial office, Latitudes.