Antonio Cerveira PintoAyN

No está claro que el proceso híbrido de democratización y valorización especulativa de instancias virtuales de obras maestras del arte mundial bajo una definición electrónica, digital y algorítmica conocida como NFT (Non Fungible Token) realmente triunfe en el futuro. Sin embargo, algunos de los museos más importantes del mundo ya se han lanzado a esta carrera experimental. ¿Cuándo se lanzarán al mercado NFT las instancias virtuales de Las Meninas y tantas otras obras de las extraordinarias colecciones públicas españolas?

Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Colosseum, Rome (1920)
© 2022, The Trustees of the British Museum (detail)

British Museum banks on Turner NFTs after Hokusai initiative

The British Museum (BM) in London is diving into the NFT field once again with the sale of JMW Turner paintings, drawn from its collection, as non-fungible tokens. The BM is partnering again with LaCollection.io to sell the Turner pieces; last year, the museum joined forces with the French start-up to sell NFTs of 200 Hokusai works.

The 20 Turner paintings come from a collection bequeathed to the museum by Robert Wylie Lloyd, a former chairman of Christie’s, who died in 1958. Lloyd stipulated that the works by the 18th-century artist known as the “painter of light” could only be shown for two weeks in February or by special request, and should never be lent. The watercolours The Colosseum, Rome (around 1820) and Lucerne by Moonlight (1843) are included in the NFT sale.

—in The New Art Newspaper

Under the Wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave, 1831) by Katsushika Hokusai
© 2021, The Trustees of the British Museum (detail)

British Museum to sell NFTs of 200 Hokusai works—including The Great Wave

To coincide with its Hokusai: The Great Picture of Everything exhibition (30 September to 30 January 2022), the British Museum (BM) has partnered with a French start-up to sell non-fungible tokens (NFTs) of 200 Hokusai works. Half are digital images of works in the exhibition, including the famed The Great Wave, while another 100 are from the museum’s own collection, including drawings from the recently re-discovered book which is the subject of the exhibition.

—in The Art Newspaper