If you’re an art lover, you’ve probably visited hundreds of galleries. However, you might not know that you can now access hundreds of thousands of top-tier artworks from the comfort of your home. We’re referring to NFT Galleries in the Metaverse, of course!
Virtual lands such as Voxels and Decentraland are becoming art hubs for NFT art and a new generation of metaverse-native artists. Moreover, you can also create your own NFT gallery, where you can showcase NFT art and support your favorite artists. Want to learn more about NFT Galleries? Keep reading!
What is an NFT Gallery?
An NFT gallery is an art gallery that features NFT art. It can be a physical art gallery or a virtual gallery in the metaverse. NFT galleries typically curate a collection of NFTs that fit a particular theme or art style.
Physical NFT galleries typically display artwork on high-quality LED screens or projectors. They are usually coupled with an online website that allows interested buyers to bid or purchase the NFT.
On the other hand, virtual NFT galleries exist in the metaverse. They offer art lovers the opportunity to explore and interact with more conceptual art such as 3D art, architectural models, etc. Without a doubt, it’s a great way for digital artists to take their art and imagination to the next level.
Best NFT Galleries
If you’re an art enthusiast, you’ve probably heard of Beeple’s “Everydays: the First 5000 Days.” Metapurse purchased this digital asset and then built the B.20 Gallery at Voxels (formerly known as Cryptovoxels).
The B.20 gallery is located in the Frankfurt district, a stone’s throw from the First Edition Pillar gallery and the HTML tower. The main entrance leads to a lobby with neon pink trees and decorative water fountains. To see the Beeples, you need to take the elevator, which teleports you to the level where the Beeple art is featured. Works include “The Elon’s Passion”, “Shrek Too”, “Shrek Too”, and “Jabba’s Afterbirth”.
The Async gallery is also located in the Voxels metaverse. It is located in the Gangnam district and stands out from the crowd with its asymmetrical shape.
The museum divides its collection into two: Asyn Classic Arts and Feature Pieces. The former include works of art that are part of the permanent collection, while the latter are more recent additions.
It’s important to note that Async Gallery is primarily known for its focus on programmable art. It is digital art split into layers, which in turn affects the appearance of the resulting image. By changing layers, the artist changes the overall image.
You can visit the KnownOrigin Gallery in Origin City in Decentraland. The exterior of the gallery is unique as the entire structure is suspended with steel railings. Once you enter the gallery, you will immediately notice that the walls are lined with NFT artwork that includes both static and animated pieces. The KnownOrigin Digital Art Market curates and selects artists to feature in the KnownOrigin Gallery.
Narra Gallery is an open gallery space in the 100 X Art District. It’s hosted by co-owners Gabby Dizon and Colin Goltra, who pioneered their collection of crypto art in Narra. Shelly Soneja is the Artistic Director of Narra Gallery, who designed the gallery and created the concept.
The main mission of Narra Gallery is to allow artists and collectors to exhibit their NFT, crypto art and crypto collectibles. Without a doubt, Dizon and Goltra are very proud of their gallery, as they describe it as a “home” for NFT projects and crypto art.
Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest fine and decorative art dealers, has an NFT gallery in Decentraland’s Voltaire Art District. Just like in real life, Sotheby’s London Commissioner Hans Lomulder greets your avatar at the door. With several different areas in the building, such as Gallery 1, Central Gallery and Wemyss Gallery, you can spend a good hour or two exploring all the different works of art Sotheby’s has to offer.
According to Michael Bouhanna, Head of Sales at Sotheby’s: “We see spaces like Decentraland as the next frontier of digital art where artists, collectors and viewers can engage with each other from anywhere in the world. and showcasing works of art that are fundamentally rare and unique, yet accessible to all for viewing,”
Other NFT Virtual Galleries
OnCyber Virtual Gallery
OnCyber is an easy way for artists and collectors to showcase their NFT and crypto art. To create your own NFT gallery, all you need to do is connect your Ethereum wallet to collect assets and place them in your space. Alternatively, you can visit spaces created by NFT enthusiasts and artists, such as “Justin Aversano’s Twin Flames” and “Takashi Murakami: An Arrow through History.”
Space NFT Gallery
Spatial is another service that allows artists, collectors and curators to present their works in a virtual space. If you’re more of an enthusiast than a collector, you can check out the Spatial NFT galleries created by other Spatial users. Major NFT galleries include “VERSES Gallery”, “Veve Marvel Comics”, and “Escape”.
Museum of Cryptographic Art (MOCA)
The Museum of Crypto Art, or MOCA, is an NFT virtual gallery built on the Somnium space. The museum’s core mission is to “preserve the legacy of crypto artists and serve as an innovation lab to push the boundaries of NFTs.” Therefore, the MOCA NFT Gallery aims to be a decentralized and democratized space that will eventually transition to a DAO driven by $MOCA token holders.
How to create a gallery in the metaverse?
There are several services that allow you to create an NFT gallery in the metaverse. Free services like OnCyber and Kunstmatrix are a great way to dip your toes into the NFT gallery area. If you’re looking for something a little bigger, Spatial is a good bet. To use these services, you usually need to connect your wallet to the service. The service then retrieves all the digital assets for you, after which you can keep them and present them in the space of your choice.
Alternatively, you can also purchase land plots on metaverses such as Decentraland, The Sandbox, and Voxels. After purchasing land, you will need to appoint a metaverse builder to design and build your NFT gallery, after which you can organize and display NFT art.
Final Thoughts on NFT Galleries
Metaverses such as Voxels and Decentraland allow brands, curators and collectors to support the arts by creating their own NFT galleries. Conversely, services like OnCyber and Spatial allow anyone to become a gallery owner. After all, displaying NFTs and sharing them with the (virtual) world educates the web3 community and promotes emerging digital artists.