NFT Partnership for the Protection of Ukrainian Cultural Heritage

The National Art Museum of Ukraine and the NFT Platform Patron-of-Art.com launched an NFT charity drive. All net proceeds from the NFT sale will benefit the German-Ukrainian Society for Business and Science (DUG) / Ukraine Art Aid Center, which is an established non-profit association.

With over 40,000 exhibits, including paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to the present day, the National Art Museum of Ukraine (NAMU) is Kyiv’s oldest and largest museum. It has the most representative collection of Ukrainian figurative art and houses masterpieces by artists such as Oleksandra Ekster, Serhiy Vasylkivsky and Oleksandr Arkhypenko. It is considered one of the most important national art museums in Ukraine.

NAMU and Patron-of-Art.com announced their charity project during a plenary presentation at the 26th General Conference of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in the presence of 2,400 museum professionals. The NFT collection consists of digital replicas of over 20 famous museum masterpieces. The first series of four limited edition works is now available Patron-of-Art.com offered for sale.

“10 million people own digital collectibles, and that number is growing every day,” says Dr. Stephan Holzer, former European blockchain expert at McKinsey & Company and CEO of VERITIC. “We have Patron-of-Art.com designed to be the best platform for museums, other cultural institutions and artists to reach a rapidly growing digital audience and attract a new generation of art lovers and patrons. We work closely with museums to create digital collectibles in the form of accessible, safe and durable NFTs.”

Holzer finally adds:

“In addition to the regular commercial activities of Patron-of-Art.com, we commit each year to work pro bono with a museum in a country in crisis. We are happy to have NAMU as our first partner.”

All proceeds from the sale of this NFT collection – less blockchain transaction fees and a 3% commission to cover part of the operating costs of the NFT platform – will benefit the German-Ukrainian Society (DUG) / Ukraine Art Aid Center. The funds will help NAMU meet the challenges posed by the Russian attack. This includes efforts to protect and restore the collection and eventually fortify the museum building. The funds will also support digitization projects at NAMU and other Ukrainian museums to document collections.

“The humanitarian crisis is exacerbated by the threat to cultural heritage,” explains Yuliia Lytvynet, director of NAMU. “Partnerships with organizations like Patron-of-Art.com and DUG/Ukraine Art Aid Center directly support us in our efforts to protect our museum’s collection during the war and during reconstruction.”

Since March 2022, the DUG/Ukraine Art Aid Center has been providing practical assistance for the safeguarding of cultural property and monuments in Ukraine with the support of the German government and World Heritage Watch. Through previous partnerships with ICOM Switzerland, the Association of German Art Historians and other organisations, the registered association transported more than 20 trucks, buses and goods by freight train with 3D scanners, units air conditioners, packing materials, special fire extinguishers and more for museums all over Ukraine.

Coordinator of the Ukraine Art Aid Center, Dr. Olena Balun says:

“NFT projects like this can engage a global digital audience and mobilize support for charitable causes. We hope our partnership with Patron-of-Art.com and NAMU will raise awareness of the pressing challenges Ukraine faces in the preservation of its cultural heritage, while raising much-needed funds.”

Patron-of-Art.com had acquired exclusive sales rights to the NFT collection from Stampsdaq, a Ukrainian NFT company. Stampsdaq CEO Andrii Shapovalov says:

“I think Patron-of-Art.com is the best place to house these NFTs because of their commitment and strategy of developing integrated partnerships with museums. With the acquisition by Patron-of-Art.com, we can look forward to concentrating our NFT stamp business.”

To view the collection, please visit: https://collect.patron-of-art.com/release/2.

In addition to the NFT sale, visitors to Patron-of-Art.com will soon also receive a free NFT with a photo of the Ukrainian national hero. This NFT allows visitors to show their support for Ukraine.

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About Patron-of-Art.com

Patron-of-Art.com is a Swiss-based, full-service platform that handles the creation of digital collectibles, contextual display and knowledge sharing related to NFTs. Additionally, Patron-of-Art.com takes care of forming interest groups around museum NFTs and offers the highest standards in NFT security and NFT preservation.

About the National Art Museum of Ukraine (NAMU)

The National Art Museum of Ukraine is the oldest museum in Kyiv. It was founded in 1899 through the efforts of Ukrainian intellectuals as the first public museum in Kyiv. The museum has the best collection of Ukrainian art from the 12th century.

About the German-Ukrainian Society for Economics and Science / Ukraine Art Aid Center

Since early March, the Ukraine Art Aid Center has transported more than 20 large aid shipments directly to relevant museums and institutions in Ukraine by truck, bus and train.

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