Leopold Museum director Hans-Peter Wipplinger announces NFT drops of Schiele works and sensational discovery
Vienna (OTS) – The museum’s first NFT collection includes 24 exclusive works by Egon Schiele as well as the spectacular discovery of a painting from his early work. Thanks to an innovative collaboration between the Leopold Museum, the NFT platform LaCollection and Österreichische Post AG, it will soon be possible to purchase selected works from the Leopold collection as NFT (Non-Fungible Token). The sale starts on May 16 and runs until May 26.
24 works by Egon Schiele available as NFT
Leopold Museum Director Hans-Peter Wipplinger has selected 24 works by the important Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele (1890-1918) for the NFT launch and explains the start of the NFT collection:
The pandemic has led to a rapid acceleration of digitization processes in the art world and made NFTs an integral part of many established, traditional art collections. potential. NFTs of Schiele’s art enable us not only to permanently preserve the museum’s treasures in the digital world, but also to get in touch with people we have not been able to reach with our museum in Vienna before. “
Limited digital artworks in three categories and a sensational rediscovery
The Leopold Museum’s NFT collection makes it possible to acquire unique, limited digital twins of selected works of art. NFTs are divided into three categories based on circulation: Ultra Rare, Super Rare and Rare. While buyers can buy “Rares” in a time-limited open edition of up to 100 pieces per. works for 499 EUR each *, “Super Rare” (edition of 10) and “Ultra Rare” (edition of 2) are auctioned with a starting price of 15,000 and 100,000 euros respectively. An NFT of each work of art remains in the possession of the Leopold Museum.
Among other things, Schiele’s famous paintings will be available Self-portrait with Chinese lanterns (1912) and Portrait of Wally Neuzil (1912). The NFT collection measures Schiele’s oeuvre based on a thematic selection of works from different creative periods. A particular highlight among the NFTs is the early work, rediscovered after more than 100 years Leopold Czihaczek at the piano (1907), which can already be purchased as NFT before it can be admired in the original in the museum.
Leopold Museum Director Hans-Peter Wipplinger defines a clear goal for the use of the proceeds from the museum’s first NFT sale:
“We are fully reinvesting the proceeds from the NFT sale in the restoration, conservation and purchase of works of art – including in the restoration of this sensational Schiele rediscovery. the public and thus also the acquisition of the painting, which would perfectly complement our Schiele collection. “according to Hans-Peter Wipplinger.
Leopold Museum’s partners
LaCollection – bridge builders between NFT collectors and the museum
For the collaboration, the Leopold Museum is dependent on the international NFT platform LaCollection, which specializes in NFT art from established museums and contemporary artists.
“LaCollection offers collectors new ways to discover, experience and own excellent art from leading museums and digital artists. Even without prior knowledge, anyone can become an NFT collector in no time and easily via credit card – and thus in local currencies – buy NFT masterpieces from Egon Schiele on our platform “, Jean-Sebastien Beaucamps, CEO and co-founder of LaCollection
Austrian Post: Strong partner in the crypto sector
Another important technology partner in the NFT project is the Austrian Post, which provided advice during the preparation and will play an active role in the implementation.
“In all business areas, we aim to identify new trends and innovations, investigate them and, if possible, implement them. With our use of blockchain and crypto technology, we took on the role of pioneer in this country in 2019 and built expertise. We can now also offer this to partners. The joint implementation of the NFT project with the Leopold Museum is an important milestone that will soon be followed by others. These developments are an excellent example of the innovative strength of Austrian post. “say Georg Pölzl, Director General of Österreichische Post AG.
Focus on climate protection
For the Leopold Museum and LaCollection, sustainability is a central part of the project. For this purpose, trees are planted with each NFT purchase with the help of the green technology company EcoTree, which offsets the CO2 produced by the NFT generation. In addition, EcoTree also works with biochar, which binds CO2 in agricultural soil in the long term and thus has a direct positive effect on the climate.
Leopold Museum: The most comprehensive Schiele collection in the world
The Leopold Museum houses the collection of Austrian art from the second half of the 19th century and the modern era, founded by Rudolf Leopold and now comprising more than 6,000 objects. Nowhere else can the concept of art and the intellectual world in Vienna around 1900 be felt so directly and art historical developments from mood impressionism to Art Nouveau to expressionism are understood so comprehensively. The highlight is the Vienna 1900 exhibition with the world’s largest collection of works by the Austrian expressionist Egon Schiele, with masterpieces by Gustav Klimt and the internationally most comprehensive permanent presentation of Oskar Kokoschka, as well as other works of Viennese modernism and Viennese crafts. Workshop.
The works of the individual categories summarized:
Ultra rare: Dead mother I1910 – Self-portrait with Chinese lanterns1912 – Portrait of Wally Neuzil1912
Super rare: Stylized flowers on a decorative background1908 – Kneeling self-action1910 – Newborn with knees pulled up1910 – Sitting man with raised arms (Arthur Roessler)1912 – old gable1913 – by hug, 1914 – Girl with separated legs1918 – Crouching naked, self-portrait1918 – The head of the dead Gustav Klimt1918
Rare: portrait of a girl1906 – Leopold Czihaczek on piano, 1907 * – Bare trees, houses and shrine by the roadside (Klosterneuburg)1907 – Houses in front of the hillside1907 – Girl with clasped hands (Gerti Schiele)1910 – Woman naked with raised forearms1910 – Nude self-portrait, squatting1912 – Naked woman with arms crossed1914 – Poldi1914 – Arch of houses in Krumlov1914 – Lying girl with hair bow1918
* The rediscovered painting Leopold Czihaczek on piano, 1907 will be available as a “Special Rare” for 999 euros.
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