More and more people are visiting NFT gallery spaces inside real-world destinations. It’s one of the most vivid examples of the metaverse, in which virtual and IRL lines blur. According to reports, more than nine ‘in-person’ NFT galleries and exhibitions have now opened, with more set to follow soon.
Although this has been on the cards for some time, news of the increasing prevalence of physical exhibition spaces dedicated to NFTs is more than significant. This shows non-fungible tokens are fast escaping the confines of the digital-only world, and making an impact far beyond cyberspace.
Where Are NFT Gallery Spaces IRL?
As per the CoinTelegraph article, there are now NFT gallery spaces IRL on multiple continents. These include The Museum of Art & Philosophy in Hobart, Australia. Its ‘Dark Mofo’ festival runs from 16th to 22nd June 2021. Content is dedicated to helping people understand NFTs better. At the risk of spoiling your reading fun, here is the full list of other institutions:
Underground Museum, Moscow, Russia
Opening on 20th May, work from Russia’s leading NFT artists is on display.
Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Somewhat shrouded in secrecy, nevertheless St. Petersburg’s Hermitage has confirmed it intends to open an NFT art space.
Kiwie Space, Riga, Latvia
A host of brand new content is on display at the Kiwi Space showroom, hosted by Kiwie 1001 and voted for by associated Discord users. The focus is contributors to the NFT art world, contrasting the century-old building now housing the work.
Francisco Carolinum Linz, Linz, Austria
While many of the NFT gallery spaces are taking a more generalist view, Francisco Carolinum is far more specific. Opening on 11th June and running through to 15th September, this exhibition is focused on ‘Proof of Art’, a clever play on blockchain speak that looks to show exactly why non-fungibles are art.
Museum of Modern African Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands (pictured)
Most people know the Dutch capital is a culture vulture’s dream come true, although the Museum of Modern African Art often flies under the radar. Needless to say, that’s a great shame when you have exhibitions like this example of afro-futurism, showcasing portraiture of African kings and queens as digital assets.
Blackdove, Miami, USA
Just in case you haven’t already picked up on it, Miami is fast becoming a global hotbed of blockchain action. The latest evidence of this is Blackdove, which has dedicated NFT gallery space to 50 international artists working in non-fungibles.
ImnotArt: Chicago, USA
Another absolute powerhouse of culture, Chicago’s latest innovative arts offering originated in the metaverse itself. Online NFT gallery Imnotart opened a brick and mortar space in the city on 3rd June. It also went to great lengths clarifying that this is not a pop-up, but a permanent example of digital invading IRL.
Bright Moments, Venice Beach, USA
We all know Venice Beach as one of Los Angeles’ sun-soaked places to be seen. But now the area boasts its own NFT gallery space for those who want something more than photo opps. Bright Moments has lined up a long programme of exhibitions, alongside guest speakers and educators for the coming months.
The NFT Gallery Revolution
Of course, all this barely scratches the surface of the NFT gallery revolution. If you keep a regular eye on our pages, the sheer volume of non-fungible art stories will probably stand out, and many of these have involved NFT gallery spaces.
Among the most prominent is in New York City. Announced by Guggenheim Partners co-founder Todd Morley, 111 West 57th Street now holds the title of the Big Apple’s thinnest skyscraper, but the building is way more significant than that. Once opened, the address will be used as a blockchain network tower. It will also include the world’s largest NFT gallery space.