How NFTs change the art world – also in Saarland

Round table with Carmelo Lo Porto, CEO of the NFT platform NIFTEE, Simon Matzerath, head of the Historical Museum, artist Reso Patrick Jungfleisch and young scientist Lea Eisenberg, Thursday December 15, at 6 p.m.

Ever since artist Beeple’s digital work “Everydays: The First 5000 Days” sold for $69 million at auction in March 2021, NFT art has been on everyone’s lips. Since the artwork was paid for in Ether cryptocurrency (Ethereum network), NFT art is also called crypto art. NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token, which translates to “non-replaceable character”. An NFT is a digital work of art that cannot be duplicated.

There are also exciting NFT projects in Saarland. At the end of the 19th century, for 25 pfennigs, one could enter Saarbrücken’s town hall, completed in 1880, and see the so-called town hall cycle of probably the best-known German history painter Anton von Werner. The cycle had to be restored for the first time in 1903/04 – the reason for this was a high-ranking visitor: Kaiser Wilhelm II.

In 2021/2022, two of the seven paintings from the Saarbrücken town hall cycle were restored again as part of the “Monuments of War” exhibition. Only the context of an exhibition in the Saarland Historical Museum and the possibility of a differentiated scholarly review of the turbulent history of Anton von Werner’s town hall cycle offered the appropriate framework for taking up the paintings again.

The original state of the painting has been restored since the end of June. A digital copy has been made. The Saarland Historical Museum and the NFT platform NIFTEE will auction 100 NFTs of the painting for a good cause. It is thus preserved and history is written: the first NFTs of a German museum.

On Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., Carmelo Lo Porto, CEO of the NFT Platform NIFTEE, and Simon Matzerath, Head of History, will talk about how the art world is changing through NFTs and how the project was implemented at the Historical Museum Saarland Museums, Reso artist Patrick Jungfleisch and Lea Eisenberg, who is devoting her master’s thesis to the subject of museums and NFTs, at a conference in the Union Stiftung building.

The event takes place in cooperation with the Poprat Saarland eV.

The event will take place in the building of the Union Foundation, Steinstraße 10 in Saarbrücken. There are enough parking spaces; Access to the car park via Wiesenstraße, opposite VW Scherer.

Prior registration is required. The event will be streamed online at the same time.

The stream will be broadcast via Zoom: https://unionstiftung-de.zoom.us/j/87221493822

Webinar ID: 872 2149 3822

More information at www.unionstiftung.de/veranstaltungen or by phone (0681/709450).

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