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Top NFT Galleries to Visit in Person in 2021 as Digital Transforms into Physical

This year, nine in-person NFT galleries and shows have opened or will open, and one of them may be near you.

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People who want to leave their residences and experience their region or country can ride the nonfungible token wave with actual exhibitions and galleries that will open in the second half of 2021 — some of which have already opened their doors — as restrictions appear to be lessening for many.

Is there going to be one in your region soon? Is there one that’s already open? Are you planning a domestic or international trip and wish to visit a medium of art that appears out of reach?

Let’s take a look at nine galleries from Australia, Europe, and the United States that are blurring the barrier between reality and the Metaverse, as well as a handful that can only be seen in the Metaverse.

Le’s get going!

The Museum of Art and Philosophy: Hobart, Australia

The Museum of Art and Philosophy in Australia, an NFT-focused exhibition, will include artists who were previously featured in its print periodicals, New Philosopher and Womankind. The exhibit’s curators decided that a real exhibition would be a terrific way to display NFTs in a way that allows visitors to walk in and see them for themselves after researching the NFT explosion.

From June 16 to 22, the opening will coincide with Hobart’s “Dark Mofo” festival, inviting everyone to come discover what NTFs are all about.

Out East

Two Russian galleries are planned or have already organized galleries and shows to showcase and educate people about contemporary art and NFTs. These galleries intend to open their doors to the world of digital art and NFTs, just as they have to football fans.

Underground Museum: Moscow, Russia

Visitors to the Underground Museum in Moscow’s Zaryadye Park can witness works by modern Russian artists as well as a few features by Russian NFT artists. The pieces and exhibition will rotate every two weeks, and the NFTs on display in this gallery will be auctioned off on Rarible.

Here’s an excerpt from Fayaz Azizov’s NFT film “Waves” from the second “Sovrisk #Onstream” exhibition, which premiered on May 20.

Hermitage Museum: St. Petersburg, Russia

Although little is known about the exhibition’s actual opening, the world-renowned Hermitage Museum is planning to open a gallery presenting and discussing NFT art, as well as presenting lectures led by ITMO University speakers and museum officials and curators. This research will be the first in Russia to evaluate the utility of NFTs and the ways in which their work can challenge existing copyright control and ownership.

Heading West

Three European galleries have devoted themselves to exhibiting NFTs, revealing how the new era of digital and blockchain art has the potential to create a new art movement.

Kiwie Space: Riga, Latvia

The Kiwie 1001-hosted Kiwi Space showroom features a variety of NFT artists and their contributions to the NFT space. This public exhibition, held at the 100-year-old Galerija Centrs, features up-and-coming NFT artists as well as all that is new in the digital art sphere, as voted by Kiwie 1001’s Discord users. The exhibition began in early June, so if you want to support emerging artists and a potential sector, make your way to Riga.

Francisco Carolinum Linz: Linz, Austria

The “Proof of Art” exhibition, which runs from June 11 to September 15, is billed as “one of the world’s first displays of everything NFT: the history, applications, future projections, and the implications that nonfungible tokens will have on the art world.”

The museum’s focus will be on educating visitors about the world of NFTs, ensuring that the general public is aware of what is going on and how it all works. To bring the enthusiasm home, Francisco Carolinum Linz has built its museum online using Ethereum-based Cryptovoxels, ensuring that anyone interested in learning about NFTs may do so in a pleasant environment.

Museum of Modern African Art: Amsterdam, Netherlands

This is the last week to view the first NFT gallery to open in Amsterdam, featuring pictures of African kings and queens, which is a feat of perfection. This artist, also known as “The Portraitist,” has an exhibition of NFTs of African rulers on show at the Museum of Modern African Art (MoMAA), which is one of the first to publicly represent African art and history on the blockchain and in the NFT community. The Portraitist’s work will be on display until June 18.

Heading into the New World

This summer, three noteworthy exhibitions will debut in the United States, as citizens relish the fresh air and open galleries. They join together with one purpose in mind: to promote the world of NFT art. They span three different regions of the country and three different cities, each with its own unique culture and atmosphere.

Blackdove: Miami, FL

With Miami increasingly becoming a hotbed for all things blockchain, the Blackdove gallery is a perfect fit for changing people’s minds about NFTs. With more than 100 NFT art pieces contributed by more than 50 foreign artists, this exhibit is destined to make ripples in the crypto community.

Visitors to Blackdove, which opened on June 3, have the option to purchase an NFT on the spot, allowing them to directly support artists while also having the opportunity to possess a piece of this new modern, digital art.

imnotArt: Chicago, IL

The designers of the imnotArt metaverse decided to expand out into the streets of Chicago with the city’s first brick-and-mortar NFT gallery after building their own online NFT gallery.

The gallery debuted on June 3 and advertised itself as “not a pop-up.” The gallery’s creators hope to pioneer a new approach to bring physical reality and the Metaverse together, resulting in a setting unlike any other in the world.

Bright Moments: Venice Beach, CA

Bright Moments, a Venice Beach gallery, is showcasing NFTs and bringing the virtual world into reality as a way of welcome beachgoers to the world of NFTs. Furthermore, the gallery hosts art displays, lectures, and other events, with more on the way, all aimed at educating visitors and offering a fun, new setting for NFT believers and doubters alike.

Stuck at Home?

Despite the fact that much of the excitement revolves around visiting these physical galleries in person, there are still galleries in the Metaverse that you can visit from the comfort of your own home, such as Francisco Carolinum Linz and the Museum of Crypto Art in Somnium Space.

There are numerous ways to join the NFT train, with new galleries opening in both the actual and virtual worlds. So, no matter whether platform is best for you, the excitement can be found anywhere.

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Naomi Osaka’s NFT to Raise Awareness About Athlete Mental Health

An auction on Basic.Space will resell a rare NFT produced by tennis champion Naomi Osaka.

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In April, Osaka collaborated with her sister Mari on a six-piece collection. On Basic.Space, the first five were auctioned off. They sold for about $600,000 in total, with one fetching over $200,000. Meanwhile, the sixth Osaka NFT was raffled off to the general public. As a result, the NFT is now available for sale in a global auction by the winner of that raffle. The silent auction will begin on July 26 at 9 a.m. ET.

“Finding What Was Lost” is the title of the digital artwork being auctioned. Naomi’s favorite of the six, according to Osaka’s sister. The NFTs for the Osakas were developed on the Flow blockchain, which is best known for its NBA Top Shots NFTs.

Mental Health Awareness

A part of the net earnings will raise mental health awareness and assist athletes all across the world. Donations to NGOs like Athletes for Hope fall within this category. In addition, the money will go to the organization’s newly announced Whole Being Athlete initiative. The project’s goal is to encourage athletes while also raising mental health awareness.

Jason Belinkie, COO of Athletes for Hope, stated that athletes are battling with their mental health now more than ever. “With one in every five individuals being diagnosed with a mental illness, it’s become the most sought cause for advocacy, connection, and support from our athlete network,” he said. Belinkie expressed his company’s “pleasure” at assisting Osaka in “continuing this critical effort in the mental health space.”

The NFT Influence

According to Shea Newkirk, founder of CryptoStache.com, the sale of the piece has special relevance for sports NFTs. “While professional athletes have sold some huge NFTs in the last six months, Naomi Osaka’s constant and positive presence in the public spotlight will almost certainly propel this auction to a new NFT record,” he said.

Boxer Tyson Fury established the NFT sales record for an athlete last week, selling a single-edition piece for $987,000. Fury has a history of releasing NFTs, dating back to earlier this year. Patrick Mahomes, a football player, sold an NFT for $247,000 in March, which Rob Gronkowski later surpassed with a sale of $430,000.

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Physical and NFT Versions of Steve Jobs’ 1973 Job Application are up for auction.

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ 1973 employment application form is up for auction, with both physical and digital versions available.

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Steve Jobs’ 1973 handwritten application for an unknown job is up for sale once more. It’s unclear what position Jobs was applying for, where he applied, or whether he was hired. What is known is that this piece of paper has been sold for a large sum of money several times in recent years. It was sold for $18,750 in March 2017, $174,757 in 2018, and $222,400 in March 2021.

Jobs wrote the three-page application three years before he and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple. Jobs is skilled with computers and calculators, but not so much with type machines, according to the application.

Physical and Digital Collectibles are Pitted Against Each Other Face-to-Face

The addition of a non-fungible token to this auction sets it apart from prior auctions. Both the original physical copy and a digital counterpart in the form of an NFT will be sold side by side, according to the listing. According to auctioneer Olly Joshi, the purpose is to see which version has the most value in the current market. In a statement, Joshi said, “The Steve Jobs hand-written 1973 job application auction intends to illustrate the modern shift in perceived worth — the physical or the digital.”

The auctions will take place on various platforms, with the digital edition available on Rarible and the physical version available on Joshi’s own website.

The auctions will last seven days and began on July 22 at 9:41 a.m. PT. That time was chosen because it was the time chosen by Jobs to unveil new Apple products at formal events, and it is also the time displayed on Apple product clocks.

The hard copy of the application currently has a price of $14,000, while the digital version has a bid of $635 at the time of writing. The Cancer Research Institute and the One Laptop Per Child organizations will each receive a percentage of the proceeds from the final sale.

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Dolce & Gabbana Will Debut an Exclusive NFT Collection

In collaboration with luxury marketplace UNXD, Dolce & Gabbana unveiled the first in a series of NFTs.

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Dolce & Gabbana has announced the debut of an exclusive NFT collection in conjunction with UNXD, a digital marketplace powered by the Polygon Network that aspires to be the premier destination for digital luxury and culture.

Collezione Genesi, or Genesis Collection, will be the fashion label’s debut NFT collection. The collection will be shown at Dolce & Gabbana’s upcoming Alta Moda, Alta Sartoria, and Alta Goilleria exhibitions in Venice at the end of August. According to the press release, the collection focuses on Venice’s deep-rooted artistic traditions.

L’abito Dei Sogni, or Dress from a Dream, is the first concept in the collection, inspired by a dream by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. In the weeks leading up to the Alta Moda, Alta Sartoria, and Alta Goilleria exhibitions, other NFTs from the Collezione Genesi collection will be shown. All will be auctioned exclusively on UNXD.

Dolce & Gabanna’s NFT isn’t the first high-end brand to venture into the NFT industry. A few NFTs will be available from designers participating in Paris Fashion Week, with Gucci believed to be joining the NFT sector as well.

NFTs have stayed robust even as the prices of various cryptocurrencies have fallen, with more and more entries to the market. For example, LABS Group recently merged real estate with NFTs, allowing individuals to invest in its resort using the popular token technology. In addition, as more corporations, organizations, and foundations join the burgeoning market, artists like Muse have created more NFTs.

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