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Moscow Tretyakov Gallery to Upload World-Famous Paintings on Blockchain

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 13:34
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Yuri Molchan
World-famous State Tretyakov Gallery intends to add all globally famous works of art that it stores onto a newly made blockchain platform, accepting donations
Moscow Tretyakov Gallery to Upload World-Famous Paintings on Blockchain
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The Moscow State Gallery is teaming up with platform RDI.Digital to launch the My Tretyakov blockchain project. The goal is to allow any art fan to transfer the museum’s exhibits into a digital format, thus enabling the whole world to see them on the distributed ledger. Supposedly, famous paintings such as Serov’s Girl with Peaches or Malevich’s Black Square are going to be blockchainized too.

Donations for art digitizing

An individual or entity that provides their funds for digitizing pieces of art stored in the Gallery will be registered as patrons. The connection of a patron with a specific work of art will be set up randomly by means of a DLT-based solution created by an Austrian startup Riddle&Code.

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The amount of donations required from a company/wealthy individual is still in discussion.

The head of Tretyakov’s partner RDI.Digital, Alexei Steblev, shared in an interview that blockchain will allow studying the circle of interests of My Tretyakov participants through their profiles as well as creating your own collections of art pieces from the Gallery.

Artificial intelligence on the horizon

The creators of the My Tretyakov project hope that the network of digitized art exhibits will become a basis for the development of AI-based services that will take into account customers’ interests and tastes.

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Blockchain art auctions

Both open ledger technology and cryptocurrency have already become a part of the world of art. Numerous auctions are selling paintings and other artworks — such as Van Gogh, Warhol, and Picasso — for crypto. Also, U.Today previously reported about a project that offers art appreciators crypto tokens for shared ownership of especially valuable pieces.

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Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

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