Musée d’Orsay Announces NFT Auction for Historic On-Chain Exhibition


As part of the museum’s “Code d’Orsay” exhibition, five NFTs titled “The Convergence of Breath” will be available for purchase on Thursday.

Two experimental artists, months of museum leadership collaboration, and thousands of exhales from unaware strangers have culminated in a collection of tokenized artwork from the Musée d’Orsay’s first-ever commission of an on-chain show, which will enter the market on Thursday.

These five limited-edition NFTs, created on the Tezos blockchain and collectively named “The Convergence of Breath,” are part of the museum’s current digital-themed exhibition, “Le Code d’Orsay.” They are the result of an art installation that doubles as a social experiment.

German artist Johan Lescure and French DJ Sébastian Devaud (also known as Agoria) collaborated to build the steel sculpture “Sigma Lumina,” which serves as the installation’s centerpiece.

When the ideal alignment of light from above illuminates the sculpture, a QR code appears in its shadow. Inquisitive visitors to the museum who scan the QR code are subsequently directed to a page where they can generate a one-of-a-kind, complimentary NFT that references other Impressionist masterpieces on display at the Orsay. However, this is contingent upon the condition that they inhale it into their mobile devices to aid in its generation.

During a recent visit to the exhibition, this reporter from Decrypt did see a large number of Orsay clients, spanning from little toddlers to older adults, playfully blowing on their smartphones.

Agoria and Lescure have analyzed the data from those blows. So far, museum visitors have created over 2,000 “Sigma Lumina” NFTs. These NFTs will be distributed in a series of five, one for each week of the show.

Creating a worldwide artwork, Agoria expressed her enthusiasm for the idea that everyone’s blows are now linked, as she told Decrypt.

Objkt will launch the sale of the five “Convergence of Breath” NFTs on Thursday at 5pm CET.One is a curated site where users may purchase unique on-chain artworks. The Musée d’Orsay is hosting “Le Code d’Orsay” until March 10th.

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