You have finally bagged that NFT art you were eyeing. But, where and how exactly do you display your NFT art? This is a question that NFT collectors, especially newcomers, struggle to answer. After all, you may have spent thousands of dollars to buy your precious piece and undoubtedly, would want to display it the best way possible.
Since Beeple’s $3.5 million NFT collection sale in December 2020, the NFT art market has been growing exponentially. Moreover, NFTs have transformed the art industry as we knew it. Today, everybody seems to want a bite of NFT art, with sales fetching millions every week. As all eyes fall on the art itself, many may forget to ponder what comes next: displaying the digital art. Well, there are plenty of physical and digital options to do that. Let’s dive deep into some of the best options to display your NFT art!
How to display your NFT art as physical copies IRL
While NFT art exists in the digital realm, some projects release their physical versions as well. For example, Christie’s youngest artist, FEWOCiOUS, sent physical copies of his works on request. Beeple, on the other hand, sends buyers NFT artwork display frames. For this, he works with New York City-based startup, Infinite Objects Inc., according to The Wall Street Journal.
If the NFTs do not come with physical copies, flaunting them in your home or galleries takes a bit more effort. However, the good news is that the IP rights enable you to print them or get your own derivative made in real life.
One NFT project that helps people turn NFTs into “physical art” is Solid NFT. In an earlier interview with NFTevening, Max from the project said that they specialize in premium aluminium plate printing, which is “strong”, “beautiful”, and keeps it “intact for decades.”
“Combining colour brilliance, superior durability, and archival qualities makes this printing method the perfect choice for Solid NFT reproduction,” he said then.
These Digital Photo frames are perfect for NFTs
Digital photo and video frames are another great means to display NFT art on your walls. These come in different types, sizes, shapes, and prices—there’s one for everyone! The simplest option is to right-click and save your NFT and then display them on digital frames.
Tokenframe, for instance, offers real wooden frames with both 2K and 4K options in anti-glare screens. Using the Tokenframe app, users can simply sign in to their crypto wallet and access their NFT gallery to display the NFTs. Users can also control the background colour, artwork size, and more using the app.
Another frame designed specifically for NFTs is Decentralized Displays. The UK-based company offers both wooden frames and acrylic displays. Users have the option to change the NFT at any time and can put in any artwork they want.
Infinite Objects, meanwhile, focuses on “video prints” and prints any NFT the user wants, as long as the user has the video. However, once printed, there is no way to change it or even pause or rewind the video that is on loop forever. The only way to stop the video is by placing it back in its original box or emptying the battery.
Meural Canvas frame, on the other hand, is from Netgear, a company known for home WiFi. Using the Meural app for iOS and Android, you can easily add both NFT images and videos to the frame. It has a full-HD, anti-glare display, and comes with a playlist feature using which you can curate how the NFTs are displayed.
Some other frames you can check out are the QONOS NFT frames, Dragon Touch Digital Picture Frame, or Samsung’s Frame, which doubles as a TV and a frame to showcase your digital art.
You can display NFTs in real life art galleries!
You can go a step further and display your NFT in all its glory in real life art galleries as well! There are several real-world NFT galleries across the globe that caters to NFTs. One such example is the imnotArt gallery in Chicago, the first of its kind in the city. Founded by artists, collectors, and programmers, imnotArt’s virtual and physical galleries have exhibited over 300 artists.
Another example is The Black Love, Art & Crypto Gallery (The B.L.A.C. Gallery) at the Art Place in Denver. The all-Black gallery was created to commemorate Black History Month and displays NFT art on vintage CRTs, and TV and computer screens. Similarly, Superchief Gallery NFT, touted as the first dedicated NFT gallery in the world, is another great option to display your NFTs. The artist-run gallery has a 10-year history of supporting artists. While its NFT gallery is located in New York City, it has warehouses in multiple locations.
Traditional auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s have also been vocal about their support of NFTs and have conducted numerous high-profile exhibitions. Sotheby’s, for instance, recently concluded the second edition of its Natively Digital curated NFT sale. The House of Fine Art (HOFA)’s gallery in London also holds NFT exhibitions.
It’s easy to Showcase NFTs online too
If none of these options quite fit the bill, there are plenty of online NFT galleries for you to choose from. These allow you to display your NFTs without any hassle. Here are some of the top websites to display your NFT gallery:
- Pixlr Genesis: Pixlr Genesis is an upcoming decentralized digital art museum from the photo editing giant, Pixlr. The gallery, which is set to launch in early 2022, will offer NFT tools and art drops. More importantly, it follows an innovative concept where NFT artists and collectors decide what to display in the museum.
- Spatial: A social and collaborative platform, Spatial allows you to create your own virtual galleries on their platform. You can create your room in Spatial and easily display both 3D and 2D NFTs. Anyone can visit the gallery using VR headsets, mobile devices, or any web browser.
- Showtime: Showtime is more of an NFT social media site that lets you create a profile much like an Instagram page and then display your NFT art. Once you connect your wallet to the website, it automatically creates a profile featuring all your NFTs. You can also follow other artists and collectors and like, share, or comment on any NFTs.
- Cyber: Like Spatial, Cyber also allows you to display your NFTs in a fully immersive manner. Here, you simply have to import your NFTs from Metamask, choose an experience, and you are good to go!
- Lazy: Lazy is backed by billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban and offers the “laziest” way to showcase your assets. In other words, the website offers a simple way for collectors to create an account and connect wallets. At least for the time being, the site doesn’t offer much else.
The Metaverse lets you display digital art in augmented reality and more
No NFT display list is complete without mentioning the metaverses. These are virtual worlds or shared virtual spaces that bring together augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to create immersive experiences. While VR will take you to a virtual world, with AR, you can transform your real-world spaces to show your NFTs to friends and family. Even Facebook, which recently rebranded to Meta, has hinted at augmented reality capabilities for its metaverse.
Put simply, in metaverses, you can buy a parcel of land, build your virtual gallery, and display your NFT art like you would do in the real world. Decentraland, for instance, has scores of galleries and regularly holds art shows that connect collectors with artists. Similarly, Cryptovoxels is home to many galleries, particularly in the Gangnam District.
At the end of the day, when it comes to choosing your NFT display, you are spoilt for choice! Ultimately, the best choice would depend on the type of NFT you own and your personal preferences. However, there are some things you have to keep in mind before making the leap, especially if you are buying a frame. You have to ensure the frame supports the format of your NFTs, displays images or videos in the highest quality, and have the right storage capacity. The file format is an important criterion to consider when choosing an online gallery or website as well.