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In recent months , the NFT sector , the acronym for non-fungible token, that is the technology that allows a digital code to be unique, has found the pinnacle of notoriety when the work of the artist Beeple was sold for almost 70 billion dollars from Christie’s auction house. The third most expensive work sold at auction by a living artist.
In the following weeks, other renowned and historic auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Phillips also accompanied those of digital works to their traditional auctions, starting to give the first signals between the physical and digital world.
And today this space begins to be filled. Also this time it is Christie’s who promotes this revolution by reliving the emotion of Leonardo Da Vinci, where the design “Head of a Bear ” is reborn in the metaverse with the genius of the Hackatao managing to merge the real with the digital, the past that inspires the future with their work “Hack of a Bear”.
A bear head made by Leonardo with a silver point on pale pink paper measuring only 7 × 7 cm and offered in the catalog with an estimate of up to 12 million now comes to life with a dynamic work through augmented reality technology.
The work commissioned by Christie’s will accompany the exhibition of the drawing in King Street from 3 to 7 July and will be auctioned the day after 8 July.
Several NFT works will be created from this Hackatao work, one of which will be donated to the Museum of Crypto Art (M ○ C △ ) and the others will be available on SuperRare.com, one of the first and most important cryptoart platforms.
“One can only assume that if Leonardo […] lived and worked now, he would be absolutely fascinated by the rise of NFTs and would probably also like to coin his own,” says Noah Davis, Specialist, Post War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s New York .
“This collaboration marks an important moment for crypto-native artists like Hackatao, now that their practice is exploding at the highest level on the international art market.”
The Italian duo of cryptoartists Hackatao once again has something to teach us.
The new perspective arises from a project that looks to the future by passing through the bridge that connects all the historical eras of humanity: that of universal classical art. And linking a drawing by Leonardo to a single encrypted code is perhaps the most innovative and daring current expression imaginable. It almost seems that the uniqueness and rarity of even a single small drawing representing a bear’s head, produced by the Master, is no longer dictating the rules for a moment, but the infinite container of the blockchain world. Tokenize the genius, this was the highly achieved goal of the Hackatao.
And at the exact moment when, on July 8, Christie’s will auction the original Da Vinci work, the Italian duo of crypto artists will have already toured the planet with the selection of the digital work. We couldn’t not interview them.
From Hackatao Tex to Leonardo’s Bear’s Head, how is the perception of cryptoart changing?
In early 2018 when we tokenized our first work with Superrare, cryptoart was mostly ignored by the art establishment (gallery owners, collectors and artists included), considered a technologically too complicated game to have a future. But those who believed in it and saw the seeds of a paradigm shift and worked steadily to build this metaverse have been amply rewarded. Today, the focus on NFTs and cryptoart is truly impressivecompared to just three years ago, but there is still a lot of work to be done both technologically and from the point of view of sustainability. Hack of a Bear for us represents a possibility to go even further, creating a continuum with Leonardo’s art and the new Renaissance 2.0 that we are living and actively building.
To bring the new generations closer to the power of art, also passing through the playful aspect of the message.
Yes, making art first of all is fun, fulfilling and psychologically resolves a lot of ourselves. Through NFTs and cryptoart, the new generations can express themselves with their native digital languages and immediately access an international market without barriers and borders, but above all decentralized. It is no longer necessary to live in a big big city like NYC or hang out with a certain entourage to stand out, even if we believe it is important to attend the NFT community to be known. And precisely those who enter the cryptoverse with the intention of building something of value and not for purely speculative purposes will have their playful satisfactions.
Being against the false contemporary moral ethics is the new artistic renewal. Is the world of the Blockchain?
We do not know if the world will be of the blockchain, but certainly those who live and work in this new dimension find it hard to return to the logic of the old. Once you understand the creative application power of the blockchain and the founding values of cryptocurrencies, everything else seems complicated and obsolete. For this reason, those who are part of this movement have also made a choice of freedom.