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Picasso NFT: the heirs launch the digital artwork- The Cryptonomist


en.cryptonomist.ch 28 January 2022 07:42, UTC
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The granddaughter and great-grandson of famed Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso, launch 1,010 NFTs of digital artwork of his ceramic works that have never been seen publicly.

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Picasso’s NFTs: the famous artist’s work enters Crypto Art.

According to reports, Picasso’s granddaughter Marina Picasso and her son Florian Picasso seem to want to ride the wave of Crypto Art, which exploded in 2021 thanks to the emerging market of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). 

And so the artist’s descendants showed just a sliver of the lower part of the NFT artwork: a piece of ceramic the size of a large salad bowl. The exposed parts show shapes like a thick yellow line, a dripping green stain and a number “58” at the base.

About this, Marina Picasso says that the beloved ceramic piece dates back to October 1958, when she was a child, and states:

“It’s a work that represents a face, and it’s very expressive,” she said. “It’s joyful, happy. It represents life … It’s one of those objects that have been part of our life, our intimate lives — my life with my children”.

The formal launch of the first round of online sales of 1,010 Picasso NFTs on the Nifty Gateway and Origin Protocol platforms will begin this week, while auction house Sotheby’s is expected to host an auction in March that includes a unique NFT of the real ceramic bowl. 

Pablo Picasso

Picasso from Traditional Art to Crypto Art

In the interview, the heirs reportedly compared the entry of a Picasso into Crypto Art as the entry of a Grand Master into the game. A sort of almost epochal symbolism, like when the Beatles collection was finally put on iTunes.

On that note, Florian Picasso, the artist’s great-grandson commented:

“We’re trying to build a bridge between the NFT world and the fine art world. Everything is evolving. I think it fits within Picasso’s legacies because we are paying tribute to him and his way of working, which was always being creative”.

The heirs go on to let it be known that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity to both help overcome the nursing shortage, and to help reduce carbon in the atmosphere. 

The Picasso NFT will also feature music put together by Florian Picasso, who is a DJ and music producer, along with singer-songwriter John Legend and rapper Nas.

The NFT of Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”: the launch for Valentine’s Day

In addition to the Picasso NFTs that bring the world of Crypto Art closer to fans of traditional works of art, there is also the new idea of the Belvedere Museum in Vienna together with artèQ that a few days ago announced the launch of the NFT of the famous work “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt. 

It is a high-resolution digital copy of the painting divided into a 100 x 100 grid, resulting in 10,000 individual pieces offered in the NFT format. The auction starts with a whitelist where interested parties can register and purchase a piece from the NFT collection on thekiss.art platform. 

Starting on Valentine’s Day, 14 February, all 10,000 NFTs of the work will be awarded to new owners.


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