August. 4. 2021
NFT artworks inspired by cultural artefacts from Kansong Art Museum to be unveiled
|A screenshot of the “me.Duck” project website / Courtesy of Art Center Nabi|
By Park Han-sol
Just two weeks ago, the Kansong Art Museum rocked the art world with its unprecedented decision to put up for sale the “Hunminjeongeum Haeryebon” – the priceless 15th-century manuscript for the Korean writing system, ” Hangeul “on sale as a limited edition NFT (non-fungible tokens). The move sparked controversy over the marketing of the country’s national treasure.
On Tuesday, the Seongbuk District Museum, north of Seoul, announced its collaboration with the digital art museum, Art Center Nabi, to launch a project called “me.Duck,” where the two will publish a series of works. of NFT art that creatively use and reinterpret cultural artifacts belonging to the museum.
NFTs are unique tokens that can represent any unique digital asset, and which can then be bought and sold virtually. The NFT proves that only the buyer has the original image, with the information about each transaction tracked and kept in their blockchain.
“It is an artistic project that aims to preserve the spirit of the times, reflected in the elements of our cultural heritage in a virtual form,” the Nabi Art Center said on its website regarding the project “me.Duck “, expressing its goal of targeting digitally savvy Millennials and Generation Z, who are becoming increasingly visible as a new group of art collectors.
The first “me.Duck” project, scheduled to launch online on August 15, will revolve around the “House of Fortune: me.Duck Card”, a set of 38 collectible cards with symbol-inspired designs. visuals of Kansong art. Collection of cultural objects from the museum.
The virtual card game – divided into “general”, “rare” and “super rare” categories – will add a creative touch to the traditional auspicious symbols of fame, prestige, peace in the home, long life and wealth. , featured in antiquity Korean paintings and porcelains.
Upon purchase, each card will be distributed at random. The money raised through the sale will, according to the two organizations, be used to preserve the physical artifacts of the art museum and recover cultural goods that have been stolen or removed from the country.
“While presenting elements of cultural heritage to the global public, we also hope that these NFT purchases will lead to other donations that will make possible the preservation, exploitation and display of the surviving physical artefacts,” Roh Soh- explained. Yeong, director of the Nabi Art Center. .