July 27, 2021

Hermitage Museum to Sell Monet, Leonardo Paintings as NFTs

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, is minting several masterpieces from its collection as NFTs. The sale of NFT versions of works by Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci will take place at the end of August on the Binance online marketplace. The museum, located in the Winter Palace of

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Christie’s Announces New Hong Kong Headquarters Opening in 2024

As Asia continues to provide the momentum in the fine art and luxury auction market, the global auction houses have found themselves constrained by limited capacity for in-person sales in Hong Kong. Now Christie’s has announced that it will relocate its Asian headquarters in 2024 to The Henderson, a new flagship building of The Henderson Land Group

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Art News

Russia’s Hermitage Museum Will Auction Off NFTs of Prized Works by Leonardo, Van Gogh, and Other Artists in Its Collection

Russia’s State Hermitage Museum is getting into the NFT game. This week, the St. Petersburg institution announced that it will auction off tokenized versions of five famed artworks from its collection: Leonardo da Vinci’s Madonna Litta (1490); Giorgione’s Judith (1504); Vincent van Gogh’s Lilac Bush (1889); Wassily Kandinsky’s Composition VI (1913); and Claude Monet’s Corner

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Art News

Vintage Cross-Stitch Motifs Conceal Common Household Objects in Sculptures by Ulla-Stina Wikander

All images © Ulla-Stina Wikander, shared with permission Pastoral landscapes and quiet domestic scenes stitched into vintage textiles envelop Ulla-Stina Wikander’s needlepoint sculptures. Using rotary phones, kitchen appliances, or an antique gramophone as her foundation, Wikander (previously) molds the cross-stitch works around her chosen object, cloaking it in a blanket of color and texture while

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Art News

25 Artists Have ‘Deauthored’ Their Works in the Zabludowicz Collection Because of the Family’s Ties to the Israeli Military

A group of 25 artists and cultural workers have announced they are disaffiliating themselves from their past work with the Zabludowicz Collection as an act of protest. The individuals, who had either collaborated with or exhibited at the institution, cite the private foundation’s ongoing ties to the Israeli state as the motive. BDZ, which stands

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Asian Art

Massive Human Faces Loom Over Japanese Cities in Uncanny Balloon Works by Mé

“Masayume” (2019-2021), Tokyo Tokyo Festival Special 13. Photo by Kaneda Kozo. All images courtesy of Mé, shared with permission An unlikely sight was spotted hovering over Tokyo earlier this month in a disorienting installation by the Japanese collective 目 (Mé). Titled “Masayume” or “prophetic dream,” the eerie artwork featured a giant human face printed on

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