SXSW 2023

The Decentralization of Art as We Know it


The Kunstmuseum Basel, which is considered to be the first-ever public art museum, opened in 1661. Four centuries later, 55,000+ art museums now exist in 202 countries around the world. While each museum is unique, they all share one common practice: the art is selected by a small group of curators.
Artists create their work with the intention to entertain, arouse and confuse the world. However, somewhere along the way, it became the curators’ decision as to who gets to see what. It is no secret that art museums need to evolve as art is now being shared and circulated through new mediums. So, now the question is, what if the Smithsonian was owned and curated by the Internet? How? Decentralize it. The result? People from all backgrounds can finally feel represented through art.

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  1. Learn what the future of art museums will look like when everyday people are in charge of defining culture.
  2. The impact of decentralizing a 400-year-old tradition with modern ideologies and technologies.
  3. How NFTs play a role in decentralizing access to some of the most exclusive assets in the world from Birkins to paintings to patents.



Brook Klingel, Account Executive, Arkive

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Culture
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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