The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), one of the most prestigious art museums in the world, recently welcomed an unprecedented addition to its permanent collection, “Unsupervised,” in the form of Refik Anadol’s digital artwork.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
The piece has become the first non-fungible token (NFT) artwork to join MoMA’s prestigious collection.
Tech entrepreneur Ryan Zurer, a prominent digital art collector, donated a valuable piece to the museum, along with a fellow NFT. This generous contribution came through their 1OF1 Collection, in collaboration with the RFC Collection, led by Pablo Rodriguez-Frail and Desiree Casoni.
“We are very honored to donate Refik Anadol’s iconic ‘Unsupervised – Machine Hallucinations’ to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Pablo Rodríguez-Frail and I had already decided that this work belonged at MoMA, That will be shared with massive crowds. Inspired by Refik’s vision. I am so grateful to the amazing team at MoMA that put together this unprecedented exhibition, capturing the cultural zeitgeist of this moment. I am optimistic. “That more digital works, AI art and NFTs will find their way into MoMA’s collection over time. This is only the beginning,” Ryan Zurer’s tweet read.
“Unsupervised” opened to the public at MoMA in late 2022 and will remain on display through October 29.
The artwork is part of Refik Anadol Studio’s ongoing “Machine Hallucinations” project, which explores collective aesthetics based on visual memories. Since the beginning of the project in 2016, Anadol and his team have been collecting data from digital archives and public sources, processing them with machine-learning classification models.
For “Unsupervised,” the team processed metadata from more than 130,000 pieces in the museum’s collection through machine cognition.
MoMA’s description of the artwork reads: “What would a machine dream of after seeing the collection of The Museum of Modern Art? For ‘Unsupervised,’ artist Refik Anadol interprets and transforms more than 200 years of art at MoMA Known for his unprecedented achievement in media works and public installations, Anadol has created digital artworks that unfold in real time, constantly generating new and uncanny forms that engage audiences at large. installation on a large scale.”
Anadol’s work on the large-scale media wall measuring approximately 24 × 24 feet (7 m x 7 m) in the museum’s ground floor Gund lobby continually generates new forms by mediating between technology, creativity, and modern art.
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