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Viewing Present The Future, the world’s first NFT focused art residency, Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat

NFTs are fast changing the art world. In March, New York’s Superchief gallery opened the world’s first NFT gallery space and the digital artist Beeple set a world auction record when his monumental collage, Everydays: The First 5,000 Days, sold for $69 million. In June the world’s first NFT focused art residency will launch in the glorious gardens of the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera.

According to curator, collector and VOLTA Art Fairs director Kamiar Maleki, the goal is to present ‘the world’s first hybrid digital and physical NFT production and minting experience, combining the work of two immensely important artistic visionaries in collaboration with an equal master in his craft, digital artist Vector Meldrew.’

The visionaries in question are the British singer and composer Tinie Tempah and the French-Iranian artist Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar, who is best known for his abstracted oils and floral compositions created in his signature style of peinture raclée, a technique involving the scraping, layering and spreading of paint.

‘Art inspires music and vice versa,’ says Tinie, ‘and I am excited to present works and ideas Sassan and I have spent a year working on both in physical and digital form.’

This ground-breaking event offers a unique visual and audio experience and aims to inspire new levels of conviviality and creativity across mediums.

Six NFTs (one unique and five open editions) together with the NFT minted on site will be dropped on 13 June.

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07 June 2021 — 13 June 2021
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