Beeple’s Provocative Piece Enters Traditional Realm at Castello di Rivoli Museum

Beeple’s NFT artwork has found a new home in Italy’s Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, marking a groundbreaking addition to its collection with its first NFT artwork.

TL;DR

  • Renowned NFT artist Beeple donates the “FTX Board Meeting” to the Castello di Rivoli Museum. This merges digital and traditional art with its dual existence as an NFT and an oil painting.
  • Controversy surrounds the artwork, as it shows explicit sexual encounters involving Sam Bankman-Fried. The NFT artist’s note describes it as a “board-certified clusterfuck,” adding to its provocative nature.
  • This follows the successful exhibition of “Human One (2021)” at the Castello di Rivoli in 2022.
Still from Beeples NFT

Beeple Attending His First Gallery Show Last Year

Beeple Donates “FTX Board Meeting” NFT to Castello di Rivoli Museum

The digital artist Beeple generously donated the provocative piece titled “FTX Board Meeting, Day #5676 11.13.2022 (2023)” to the museum. This artwork blurs the lines between digital and traditional art forms, existing both as a unique NFT and an oil painting. Showing her admiration for Beeple’s work, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the museum director, voiced her deep respect, emphasising its remarkable value. 

However, it is worth noting that the piece has its share of controversy. The NFT includes an artist’s note that bluntly describes it as a “board-certified clusterfuck.” This is because the “FTX Board Meeting” shows multiple versions of Sam Bankman-Fried, the frontman of FTX, engaging in sexual encounters with himself. 

Due to its explicit nature, the museum had to censor the image when sharing it on its YouTube channel. This acquisition follows the successful exhibition of Beeple’s “Human One (2021)” at the Castello di Rivoli in 2022. Beeple’s NFT artwork at the Castello di Rivoli shows the changing world of digital art and its integration into established art institutions.

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