The Museum of Wild Newfangled Art hosts its 2nd Biennial with Global Artists


The Museum of Wild and Newfangled Art (mowna) has launched its second Biennial.  The exhibition features 94 international artists from 29 countries. The showcase of digital art will run from May 1 to September 22.

The art will be hosted entirely online. It will include painting, digital painting, GIFs, video art, music videos, glbs, AI, motion capture, photogrammetry, photography, ceramics, poetry, cinema, games, and dance films.

The art comes from a diverse group of artists ranging from emerging to established in their fields. A select number of Biennial NFT sets will be minted on Tezos and available for purchase on objkt.

The mowna Biennial was first launched in 2021 to offset the postponement of the Whitney Biennial and other exhibitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s Biennial gathered work through an international free open call for submissions. The exhibition is designed to encapsulate the tumultuous times we are living through.

“The first mowna Biennial was a life-saver thrown overboard to drowning artists in the sea of the pandemic. The second mowna Biennial is a celebration of our survival and tenacity to continue onwards,” says Cari Ann Shim Sham, mowna co-founder and curator.

“Over the last two years we have seen art, the internet, communication, technology, and financial systems radically change. We are very happy to have played a role in bringing forth a world in which artists can be paid for their fantastic work,” says joey zaza, mowna co-founder and curator.

What type of Art can visitors to the exhibition expect to see?

One of the featured works in the Biennial is a candle by Lineadeluz, a Compton-raised transmaterial alchemist, that burns forever to protect its user from COVID. The work, called “VeladoraProtectoraCovid,” reflects the dark years we have passed through during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another work in the Biennial is a music video parody cover by Benna Gaean Maris called “Marketing Keeled Free Web Like a Storm,” which is included in the Biennial mint set.

Some of the work from the Biennial is minted on the Tezos blockchain on NFT marketplace and can be purchased individually for 10 tez or all together as a Biennial set.

Artists involved include: Aaron Oldenburg, Ana María Caballero, Ayaz Yıldız, BADOATS, Burka Bayram, Corina Lipavsky, Emel Çevikcan, Faisal Anwar, Georg Eckmayr, Kateryna Tkachenko, Kevin Dixon, Lineadeluz, Lori Pond, Maja Wrońska, Mitchell Rose, Rose Sutton, Sara Radomirovic, ToolBoxEarth, Valeria Del Vacchio , Victoria Marks, Woman, Zephyr Taurel and many more.

Sales directly pay the artists 70% and fund the museum 30%.

View the MOWNA exhibition of digital art here


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