Hilma af Klint’s mystical paintings are now NFTs, thanks to Pharrell – ARTnews.com

NFTs of paintings by Hilma af Klint, the beloved mystique and early abstraction, are now available for purchase. The NFTs are the result of a collaboration between Stolpe Publishing, which published Klint’s catalog raisonné earlier this year; Acute Art, a VR and AR production company; and Pharrell Williams, rapper and founder of GODA (Gallery of Digital Assets).

“Beautiful and meaningful art truly transcends time, and Hilma af Klint’s work is a perfect example of that,” Williams said in a statement. “We are honored to show her work on this platform and truly celebrate a remarkable woman.”

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The NFTs are from af Klint’s “Paintings for the Temple” series, created between 1906 and 1915. The series contains 193 paintings, none of which can be sold, as they are in the hands of the Hilma af Klint Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Sweden. However, the team behind the af Klint NFTs has obtained permission to create and sell NFTs of the works.

Acute Art and GODA collaborated to bring to life the temple that af Klint claims will contain this series of paintings.

Daniel Birnbaum, Artistic Director of Acute Art, said in a statement: “Hilma af Klint dreamed of a spiral-shaped building large enough to display her most important works, the very beautiful Paintings for the Temple. It remained a fantasy. Acute Art has now, in collaboration with Stolpe Publishing, realized the temple of Klint in virtual reality.

193 NFTs were created, a number believed to match the number of paintings in the series. Over 160 of the NFTs are now available for sale through an auction on the GODA website. The remaining 30 NFTs will not go on sale “for promotional/strategic reasons”, according to GODA.

Af Klint is now considered one of the first abstract painters in the history of Western art, but she was not widely recognized until a retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2018 brought her to wide attention. international. Since then, she has become a popular figure.

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