The Museum Of Fine Arts of Boston holds the most extensive collection of Impressionist paintings outside of France and now, it will also have for sale Non-Fungible Tokens of some of the most remarkable paintings of French Impressionism kept in its galleries since the beginning of the 20th century.
This is a project to help raise money for the major conservation of art. The Museum is the latest specialized institution to mint NFTs from paintings in its collection. It will collaborate with LaCollection.io, which will handle the technical side promising zero environmental impact and turning some French Impressionist pastel paintings by Manet, Degas, Monet, Pissarro, and others into NFTs. Profits from sales of around 2,000 digital editions, which will go on sale on the 14th of July, will help to finance the conservation of the two Degas paintings in the museum’s collection, Edmondo & Therese Morbili (around 1865) and Degas’s Father Listening to Lorenzo Pagans Playing the Guitar (1869-72).
The MFA’s collaboration with LaCollection.io (which has already developed NFT projects with the British Museum and others) will also have a physical part when, at the end of July, an exhibition of NFTs will be presented in a gallery in Giverny, the Normandy location where Monet was inspired by his Lush Gardens and Water Lilies. During the exhibition, special screens will give to visitors a detailed view of masterpieces such as Renoir’s The Couple in a Boat, Degas’s Dancers Resting, and Two Men Moving the Ground by Jean-François Millet.
“We are thrilled to announce our first partner in the USA with the renowned MFA and to share their incredible collection of works with our global community. As a French-owned business, it is fitting to launch an exquisite exhibition of some of the greatest French artists of the 19th century. Rarely seen by the public due to the delicate nature of pastels, it is with great excitement that we can bring this collection to light through our platform and, through the power of technology, share these with audiences in France this summer.”
In these words, Jean-Sébastien Beaucamps, founder and CEO of LaCollection.io—a platform that offers Non Fungible Tokens in relation to the art world—describes the platform. It is also an environmentally friendly platform that has partnered with B-Corp EcoTree to offset emissions from its Ethereum ecosystem for the minting of NFTs. The distribution program of the 24 collected works has been on sale since June 26 and will begin to be sold on July 14. The NFTs will have a starting price, which will probably increase for the pieces that go to auction and there will also be a number of extra prizes and mystery boxes in case of multiple items bought.
Also lIDEAL, a Barcelona museum strongly focused on crypto, has already brought the art world back through its initiative to revive Dali. We hear some news about a metaverse dedicated to promoting the Catalan language and its culture, which will help tourists get in touch with that area of Spain with its rich history.
Who knows if one day the Metaverse will also be considered by the Vatican in order to make its prestigious world-famous collections available to everyone. That would truly be a turning point for Italian art!