France’s top modern art museum to display CryptoPunks, Autoglyphs NFTs

February 14, 2023

By Sharan Kaur Phillora

The Centre Pompidou, a major modern art museum in France, aims to showcase NFTs from some prominent digital artists this summer in its upcoming permanent exhibition. 

Here’s what we know:

According to an announcement on Feb. 10, the art museum is preparing to showcase a collection of non-fungible tokens created by 13 digital artists worldwide. The exhibit will specifically include some popular NFTs from blue-chip collections like CryptoPunk #110 and Autoglyph #25, both of which have been donated to the Centre Pompidou.

“The Center Pompidou acquires a set of works dealing with the relationship between blockchain and artistic creation, including its first NFTs!” according to a rough translation of the museum’s tweet. “18 projects by 13 French and international artists are included in the collection.”

The exhibition will mark the first time the Centre Pompidou has accepted NFTs into its collection, which houses masterpieces by such groundbreaking artists as Vassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, and Frida Kahlo, among others. Centre Pompidou is the largest modern art museum in Europe.

“Seeing CryptoPunk #110 displayed in the Centre Pompidou, arguably the world’s most prestigious contemporary art museum, is a great moment for the Web3 and NFT ecosystem, and we’re honored to help drive this cultural conversation,” Yuga Labs co-founder Greg Solano said in a statement. 

But it remains unclear what function, exactly, CryptoPunk #110 will play in Pompidou’s exhibition. 

“With this new acquisition, it is less a question of taking an interest in the pop culture phenomenon of ‘collectibles’ (these collections of images sold as NFTs, such as the Bored Apes or the CryptoPunks), than of exploring the boldest uses of this technology,” the museum said in its announcement of its upcoming NFT-focused exhibition.

About the author

Sharan Kaur Phillora’s thirst for knowledge has led her to study many different subjects, including NFTs and Blockchain technology – two emerging technologies that will change how we interact with each other in the future. When she isn’t exploring a new idea or concept, she enjoys reading literary masterpieces.

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