Times certainly are changing, from the slow fizzle of the art world to NFT’s the past few years have made folks reconsider what art is. And this, combined with the ever-growing interest in cryptocurrency and the metaverse, has made the idea the idea of NFT’s even more enticing. So enticing that Seattle is about to get its very own NFT museum opening in early 2022.
The museum is Seattle’s first NFT art museum and gallery and has a goal of bringing “together artists, creators, collectors, and the broader blockchain community.” It’s meant to be accessible to everyone, whether you only know the acronym or have been onboard with NFT’s all along. All visitors will be able to see works with a curatorial focus on local artists.
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It’s pretty rare these days that new museums are able to open but with NFT’s being as popular as they are, tech executives Jennifer Wong and Peter Hamilton saw a need for a space to be created for them. Hamilton had this to say in an interview with ARTnews.
“The community has this incredible energy and influence that they wield, but there’s something that’s missing, and that’s the physical experience and physical interaction that comes from looking at art together.”
Visiting the Seattle NFT Museum will be unlike your regular museum experience in several ways. One way in which it’s different is that works will be visible through QR codes. These will give visitors “various online portals while in the museum, opening up the possibility of artists adding additional ways of interacting with the work.” The museum has also partnered with “Samsung to create … frames that can add or subtract several inches from the borders of the work as a way to give curators and artists flexibility in how to present their digital-based work.”
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When it comes to opening, you can expect to see works on loan from Aaron Bird including “examples from Larva Labs “CryptoPunks” series, generative art by Tyler Hobbs, and work from the “Chromie Squiggle series by Erick Calderon, a.k.a. Snowfro.” Works by NFT artists Blake Kathryn, Neon Saltwater, Charles Peterson, and others will also be on view. To make things even cooler, the museum will focus on rotating works instead of building a permanent collection.
If you’d like to learn more about the Seattle NFT museum you can click here. It will officially open on January 14th at 2125 1st AVE just 2 blocks north of Pike Place Market.
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