NFT Gallery Opening

 

“Dawn of the Metaverse” is Germany’s first gallery exclusively presenting NFT-based art. It will be opened on 7 May in the heart of Munich, in the Donisl-Passage at Marienplatz 1.

Curators Max Haarich (DE) and Gleb Divov (LT) will show works by local and international digital artists from May 7 – June 26, 2022. The selected and regularly changing works demonstrate the medial range of NFT-based art. In terms of content, the artists deal, among other things, with the utopia and dystopia of completely virtualized living worlds, so-called metaverses.

Further info here.

Užupis Embassy @Galerie der KünstlerInnen

Užupis Embassy @Galerie der KünstlerInnen

Munich Ambassador H.E. Max Haarich installed his Embassy of the Republic of Užupis as part of the group exhibition “Die ersten Jahre der Professionalität 41” in Bavaria’s Galerie der KünslterInnen. In his room, H.E. Max Haarich’s shows central cultural cultural artifacts of his work from the past 5 years including the Munich version of the Užupis constitution, the Užupis Principles for Trustworthy AI design, but also new works like the Užupis Republic Treasury Bill, a collaboration with the Hungarian painter Zsuzsa Gyetvai, as well as the embassy dog Sunny Capitolina created by Steffanie Oberhoff.

The topics of this exhibition center around the technological and financial instruments that shape our society. While some works refer to artificial intelligence and shall serve as an impulse for the policy debate, other works are meant as direct paradox interventions: the embassy offers to pay the world’s debts by issuing emergency money to visitor’s according to their calculated personal debt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inside of the inflatable dog Sunny Capitolina offers enough room for the embassy office. Visitor’s are welcome to meet H.E. Max Haarich to announce their citizenship or get to know Otto the Octopus. The exhibition is open from 12 APR to 8 May. More info here.

 

NFT Art Event at Shopping Village Ingolstadt

NFT Art Event at Shopping Village Ingolstadt

The shopping destinations Wertheim Village and Ingolstadt Village organized a press event to celebrate the new exterior designs by Australian artist Karan Singh on 7 Apr. During this press event Dr. Anette Doms hosted a discussion panel about the NFT and the future of digital art with gallerist Benjamin Eck, fashion influencer Fiona Dinkelbach and Užupis ambassador H.E. Max Haarich.

Here is the full press release (in German): https://www.lifepr.de/inaktiv/value-retail-management-germany-gmbh/ingolstadt-village-und-wertheim-village-begruessen-karan-singh-ein-gespraech-ueber-die-verschmelzung-von-digitaler-und-analoger-kunst/boxid/894865

Grover x NFT Airdrop succesfully launched

Grover x NFT Airdrop succesfully launched

The technology rental company Grover just received a 1 billion dollar valuation. In order to celebrate the new unicorn status, Grover decided to reward their employees and stakeholders with a commemorative NFT. H.E. Max Haarich selected the Croation game designer Rebecca Merlic ( to design a purely digital 3D unicorn sculpture for Grover. The digital artwork has been minted as an NFT on the eco-friendly Tezos blockchain and has been airdropped to all colleagues and supporters.

 

More info on the airdrop can be found here and here is Rebecca Merlic’s artwork for Grover on objkt.com.

Užupis National Day 22

Užupis National Day 22

For this year’s Užupis national day, the Munich embassy joined forces with Punch Agathe, the tallest string puppet in the world. Together they visited the republic and exchanged sun flowers for carrots. Long story.

Art&Science Panel on AI and NFT @Deutsches Museum

Art&Science Panel on AI and NFT @ Deutsches Museum

How are digital works of art actually created? Can artificial intelligence be creative? And how can art help bring people into contact with science and technology and fuel social debates? The panel at the Hi!A Festival with Wolfgang M. Heckl, Director General of the Deutsches Museum, digital artist Betty Mü and Užupis Ambassador Max Haarich was streamed live on December 2.

Here you can watch the discussion again.

SAAI Award for AI project Smart Hans

SAAI Award for AI project Smart Hans

The team Smart Hans lead by H.E. Max Haarich won Super Artistic AI Factory‘s award in the category “interaction” for their mind-reading horse installation. The award comes with a 2,000 USD production budget to make the installation exhibition ready.

Here is the full story behind the project.

15K € Funding for Artistic Research on Ethical AI

15K € Funding for Artistic Research on Ethical AI

The German Berufsverband Bildender KünstlerInnen awarded Munich ambassador H.E. Max Haarich a grant of 15.000 EUR for an artistic research project in the area of ethical Artificial Intelligence. The grant is financed by the program Neustart Kultur and includes budget for an art installation, which will be exhibited in 2022.

 

5K € Grant for Artistic Research on the Metaverse

5K € Grant for Artistic Research on the Metaverse

Munich ambassador H.E. Max Haarich was granted 5,000 € by the Bavarian State Ministry for Culture and Science. This grant allows him to further investigate pixels as the substance of the metaverse based on his previous research about single pixels and NFTs.

Munich Embassy @Galerie der Künstler*innen

Munich Embassy @Galerie der Künslter*innen

The Munich embassy will be temporarily installed at Galerie der Künstler*innen as part of Bavarian’s newcomer exhibition TACKER. The annual TACKER exhibition series is a pre-selection for the DEBUTANT*INNEN and DIE ERSTEN JAHRE DER PROFESSIONALITÄT programs in the Galerie der Künstler*innen.

 

The exhibition commission of the BBK selected 21 artistic positions from all submitted applications. From the selected artists* who will exhibit original works in the Galerie der Künstler*innen from 29 JUN – 11 JUL 2021, a jury will select 10 artists* as award winners as follows:

 

  • 3 artists* will receive DEBUTANT*INNEN funding from the Free State of Bavaria;
  • 7 other artists will be invited to show their work in the exhibition DIE ERSTEN JAHRE DER PROFESSIONALITÄT.

 

Ambassador H.E. Max Haarich will be present starting from 5 Jul and will offer Užupis citizenships, cherry brandy, and π-nuts if the Corona situation allows.

 

https://www.bbk-muc-obb.de/galerie-der-kuenstler/vorschau