Switzerland, December 7, 2022 – With more than 40,000 exhibits, including paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to the present day, the National Art Museum of Ukraine (NAMU) is the oldest and largest museum in Kyiv. It has the most representative collection of Ukrainian figurative art, housing masterpieces by the likes of Oleksandra Ekster, Serhiy Vasylkivsky and Oleksandr Arkhypenko, and is considered one of Ukraine’s most important museums of national art.
NAMU and Patron-of-Art.com announced their charitable venture during a plenary presentation at the 26th International Council of Museums (ICOM) General Conference, which attracted 2,400 museum professionals. This collection will consist of digital replicas of more than 20 of the museum’s famous masterpieces. The first series of four works of art, minted in limited edition, will be available for purchase on Patron-of-Art.com starting on December 7thst.
“10 million people own digital collectibles, and this number is growing daily,” says Dr. Stephan Holzer, former McKinsey & Company’s Blockchain Expert for Europe, and CEO of VERITIC. “We built Patron of Art.com to be the best platform for museums, other cultural institutions and artists to reach this growing digital audience and nurture a new generation of art enthusiasts and patrons. We work closely with them to create digital collectibles in the most accessible, safe and sustainable way.”
“Besides Patron-of-Art.com‘s regular business activities, we promise to collaborate pro bono with one museum from a country in crisis every year. We are happy to announce that NAMU is our first partner.”
All proceeds from the sale of this NFT collection – after deducting transaction fees and 3% commission to cover platform and accounting operating costs – will be distributed to the Deutsch-Ukrainische Gesellschaft (DUG) / Ukraine Art Aid Center. The funds will support NAMU in addressing the challenges posed by the Russian attack, including efforts to protect and restore its collection, and possibly strengthen the museum’s building. Funds will also support digitization projects at NAMU and other museums across Ukraine.
“The composition of the humanitarian crisis is a threat to cultural heritage,” says Yuliia Lytvynet, director of NAMU. “Partnerships with organizations like Patron-of-Art.com and DUG / Ukraine Art Aid Center provide direct support in our efforts to protect our museum’s collection for the duration of this war as well as during the reconstruction period.”
Since March 2022, DUG / Ukraine Art Aid Center provides practical help in Ukraine’s efforts to save cultural exhibits and monuments and is supported by the German government and World Heritage Watch. Through previous partnerships with ICOM Switzerland, the Association of German Art Historians and more organizations, the registered charity has so far sent more than 20 trucks, buses and freight trains carrying 3D scanners, climate control devices, packaging materials, special fire extinguishers and more to museums across the Ukraine.
The coordinator of the Ukraine Art Help Center, dr. Olena Balun, says: “NFT projects like this can engage global, digitally native audiences and catalyze support for worthy causes. We hope our partnership with Patron-of-Art.com and NAMU will raise awareness of the pressing challenges Ukraine faces in preserving its cultural heritage, while raising much-needed funds.”
Patron-of-Art.com acquired the exclusive sales rights of the NFT collection from Stampsdaq, a Ukrainian NFT company. Andrii Shapovalov, CEO of Stampsdaq, says: “I am considering it Patron-of-Art.com to be the best place to host these NFTs due to its commitment and strategy to develop integrated partnerships with museums. With Patron-of-Art.com take over, we can focus on our NFT Stamps business.”
To view the collection, please visit https://bit.ly/NAMU-NFT.
Patron-of-Art.com visitors can also claim a free NFT featuring a painting of Ukraine’s national hero to show their support for Ukraine.
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10 million people currently own digital collectibles, and this number is increasing faster than ever. Patron-of-Art.com helps museums take advantage of this space, to grow their digital audience and nurture a new generation of patrons. With Patron-of-Art.comallow museums to create digital replicas of their masterpieces as collectibles that are accessible, safe and sustainable for all.
Patron-of-Art.com is a Swiss-based full-service platform that provides digital collectible creation, contextual representation, education, marketing, community building, security, preservation and compliance. Low barriers to entry, such as attractive license royalties and no initial costs, are also available to our museum partners.
Patron-of-Art.com was created by art and technology experts from Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Google.
About the National Art Museum of Ukraine
The National Art Museum of Ukraine is the oldest museum in Kyiv, opened in 1899, with the best collection of works of Ukrainian art from the 12th century to the present day. The museum was founded by the efforts of Ukrainian intellectuals in the late 19th century as the first public museum in Kyiv.
About the German-Ukrainian Society for Economics and Science (Deutsch-Ukrainische Gesellschaft) / Ukraine Art Aid Center
The Ukraine Art Aid Center was founded in March 2022 and soon entered into a collaboration with the German-Ukrainian Society for Economics and Science (Deutsch-Ukrainische Gesellschaft), a registered charity. The focus is on organizing urgently needed material transport to Ukraine for the protection of collections and monuments, quickly and unbureaucratically. Since the beginning of March, the Ukraine Art Aid Center has sent more than 20 large aid deliveries by truck, bus and train directly to affected museums and institutions in Ukraine.
The Ukraine Art Aid Center includes a large group of experts working on a voluntary basis, including German university professors, art transport specialists and art dealers. It is supported by the German government, several German museums, as well as well-known organizations such as World Heritage Watch, Max-Liebermann-Gesellschaft and ICOM Switzerland.
Stampsdaq is an EU-based NFT company founded in 2021 and exclusively dedicated to cooperation with designated postal operators worldwide. Its recently launched platform for NFT stamps is designed to bridge the interests of postal operators and the global community of collectors. Stampsdaq offers a one-stop shop solution with no investment required on the part of a postal operator. The company promotes and implements the “collect with benefits” vision to create an extra utility value and real experiences for NFT stamp owners to stimulate the interest in NFT stamp collecting and stamp collecting in general.
Stampsdaq currently holds various license agreements with various designated postal operators and is in active negotiations with more than 60 postal operators worldwide. It is also an associate member of the Advisory Committee and World Association for the Development of Philately (WADP) of the Universal Postal Union.