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The Great Swindle: Works by Santiago Montoya

By Santiago Montoya


Framed Art


Art Museum
Installation view of ‘The Great Swindle: Works by Santiago Montoya’, AMA | Art Museum of the Americas, Organization of American States, Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Ricardo Neumann, Sectis Design.


Art Museum of the Americas at the Organization of American States, Washington, D.C.
October 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017


Paper, steel, ink




Optium Museum Acrylic®

The Challenge

  • To safeguard the integrity of the color and texture of thousands of currency notes that must remain even and smooth, protected from both fading from light or bubbling by variations in humidity
  • To virtually eliminate reflections

The Solution

Optium Museum Acrylic®

Allows viewers to see the bank notes without distracting reflections.

99% UV blocking
Protects the bank notes from the most damaging light wavelengths, helping prevent fading and degradation.

Acrylic is half the weight of glass and shatter resistant
Safeguards against injury and damage to artwork and visitors.

Anti-static protection exceeds that of glass
Immediately eliminates static charge.  Makes for safer, easier framing and less cleaning.

Abrasion resistant
A durable hard coat protects against scratches from cleaning and general exposure to the public.


The Work

Colombian artist Santiago Montoya uses paper currency as the base for his work, re-contextualizing one of our most basic and intimate relationships: the relationship with money. Comprised of works that Montoya has made over the last ten years, The Great Swindle exhibition at the Art Museum of the Americas, located at the Organization of American States, represented a sustained examination of the complicated, fluid relationships we have with financial systems.

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