If you’re an art enthusiast, you’ve probably visited hundreds of galleries. However, you may not be aware that you can now access hundreds of thousands of top-tier artworks from the comfort of your home. We’re referring to NFT galleries in the metaverse, of course!
Virtual lands such as Voxels and Decentraland are becoming art hubs for NFT art and a new generation of metaverse native artists. In addition, you can also create your own NFT gallery, where you can showcase NFT art and support your favourite artists. Interested in learning more about NFT galleries? Keep reading!
What is an NFT gallery?
An NFT gallery is an art gallery that showcases NFT art. It can be a physical art gallery or a virtual gallery in the metaverse. NFT galleries typically curate a collection of NFTs that fit a particular theme or artistic style.
Physical NFT galleries typically display artworks on LED screens or high-quality projectors. They are usually coupled with an online website that allows interested buyers to bid or buy the NFT.
On the other hand, virtual NFT galleries exist in the metaverse. They offer art enthusiasts the opportunity to explore and interact with more conceptual art such as 3D art, architectural models and so on. Undoubtedly, it’s a great medium for digital artists to take their art and imagination to the next level.
Top NFT Galleries
If you’re an art enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of Beeple’s “Everydays: the First 5000 Days.” Metapurse bought this digital asset and then built the B.20 gallery in Voxels (formerly known as Cryptovoxels).
The B.20 Gallery is located in Frankfurt’s neighbourhood, just a stone’s throw from First Edition Pillar Gallery and HTML Tower. The main entrance leads to a lobby with neon pink trees and decorative water fountains. To view the Beeples, you need to take the elevator, which teleports you to the level where Beeple’s art is showcased. The artworks include “The Passion of the Elon,” “Shrek Too,” “Shrek Too” and “Jabba’s Afterbirth.”
Async Gallery is also located within the Voxels metaverse. It’s situated in the Gangnam district and stands out from the crowd due to its asymmetric shape.
The museum divides its collection into two: Asyn Classic Arts and Feature Pieces. The former include artworks that are part of the permanent collection, while the latter are more recent additions.
It’s important to note that Async Gallery is primarily known for its emphasis on programmable art. This is digital art that is divided into layers, which in turn affects what the resulting image looks like. By changing the layers, the artist changes the overall image.
You can visit the KnownOrigin Gallery within Origin City in Decentraland. The exterior of the gallery is unique because the entire structure is suspended with steel railings. Once you enter the gallery, you’ll immediately notice that the walls are lined with NFT artworks that include both static and animated pieces. The digital art marketplace KnownOrigin curates and selects which artists to showcase in the KnownOrigin Gallery.
Narra Gallery is an open gallery space in the 100 X Art District. It’s curated by co-owners Gabby Dizon and Colin Goltra, who were the first people to showcase their crypto art collection at Narra. Shelly Soneja is the art director of the Narra Gallery, who designed the gallery and created the concept.
Narra Gallery’s main mission is to empower artists and collectors to display their NFTs, crypto art and crypto collectibles. Undoubtedly, Dizon and Goltra take great pride in their gallery, as they describe it as a “home” for NFT projects and crypto art.
Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest fine and decorative art brokers, has an NFT gallery in Decentraland’s Voltaire Art District. Like in real life, Sotheby’s London Commissionaire Hans Lomulder greets your avatar at the door. With several different areas within the building, such as Gallery 1, Central Gallery and Wemyss Gallery, you can spend a good hour or two exploring all the different artworks Sotheby’s has to offer.
According to Michael Bouhanna, head of sales at Sotheby’s: “We see spaces like Decentraland as the next frontier for digital art where artists, collectors and viewers alike can engage with one another from anywhere in the world and showcase art that is fundamentally scarce and unique, but accessible to anyone for viewing,”
Other Virtual NFT Galleries
OnCyber Virtual Gallery
OnCyber is an easy way for both artists and collectors to showcase their NFT and crypto art. To create your own NFT gallery, you simply need to connect your Ethereum wallet to collect assets and place them in your space. Alternatively, you can visit spaces created by NFT enthusiasts and artists, such as “Justin Aversano’s Twin Flames” and “Takashi Murakami: An Arrow through History.”
Spatial NFT Gallery
Spatial is another service that enables artists, collectors and curators to showcase their works in a virtual space. If you’re more of an enthusiast than a collector, you can check out Spatial NFT galleries created by other Spatial users. Key NFT galleries include “VERSES Gallery,” “Veve Marvel Comics” and “Escape.”
Museum of Crypto Art (MOCA)
The Museum of Crypto Art, or MOCA, is a virtual NFT gallery built on Somnium Space. The museum’s main mission is to “preserve the legacy of crypto artists and serve as an innovation lab for pushing the boundaries of NFTs.” Therefore, MOCA’s NFT gallery aims to be a decentralized and democratized space that will eventually transition to a DAO led by $MOCA token holders
How do I create a gallery in the metaverse?
There are several services that allow you to create an NFT gallery in the metaverse. Free services such as OnCyber and Kunstmatrix are a great way to dip your toes in the NFT gallery area. If you are looking for something a little grander, Spatial is a good bet. In order to use such services, you typically need to connect your wallet to the service. The service then fetches all digital assets for you, after which you can curate and showcase them in a space of your choice.
Alternatively, you can also purchase parcels of land on metaverses such as Decentraland, The Sandbox and Voxels. After purchasing land, you would need to appoint a metaverse builder to design and build your NFT gallery, after which you can curate and display NFT art.
Final thoughts about NFT galleries
Metaverses such as Voxels and Decentraland enable brands, curators and collectors to support the arts by establishing their own NFT galleries. Conversely, services such as OnCyber and Spatial empower everyone to become a gallerist. After all, displaying NFTs and sharing them with the (virtual) world educates the web3 community and promotes emerging digital artists.