Paris Louvre is exploring the introduction of art NFTs

By Raffaele Redi

The museum said it has still not decided on role of NFTs in its collections

Tourists visit Louvre museum                                 
The Louvre Museum in Paris, France - Photo: Shutterstock
                                

The world's most-visited museum and a historic monument in Paris said it is exploring the possibility of introducing art non-fungible tokens in its collections, though it has not decided on a role for digital art

The Louvre, home of some of the best-known works of art including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo, could follow the move of the Russian State Hermitage Museum which recently opened a digital NFT gallery including the NFT version of some Hermitages masterpieces.

“The Louvre, like many other museum institutions, is considering how NFTs can take part in the life of the collections, but has no announcement to make on this subject,” a Louvre spokesperson said exclusively to Currency.com.

Recently, Jack Udell, Metalink founder, sent a letter to the Louvre director Laurence des Cars.

The letter, posted on Twitter by the Metalink, contained Uddell’s request to place NFT "Cryptopunk #3831" next to the painting of the Mona Lisa.

Uddell’s letter

The founder of Metalink asked the Louvre director to exhibit one of the Punk NFTs in possession of the US rapper Snoop Dog, who is known in the NFT environment as Cozomo De’ Medici. Snoop Dog is an NFT enthusiast and recently auctioned some pieces at Sotheby’s.

“As president of this storied institution, I trust that you appreciate the incipient NFT revolution which is sweeping the globe. In the first half of this year alone, $2.5bn-worth of NFTs were sold. NFTs have unleashed a tidal wave of creativity not seen since the Renaissance,” Uddell wrote.

“I write to you with a bold proposal. Imagine a joint exhibition of the greatest masterpieces in history alongside the greatest NFTs of the modern age.

“I humbly ask you to begin by placing 'Cryptopunk #3831', owned by the famed patron of the non-fungible arts, Cozomo de’ Medici, next to the Mona Lisa.

“This union of ancient and new would be a watershed moment. It would give hope to generations of future artists. It would affirm that even though mediums may change, the longing of the human soul to create beauty is universal and timeless”.

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