Cover Poly Auction has partnered with The Authority to present NFT exhibitions (Photo: Courtesy of Poly Auction Hong Kong)

Poly Auction Hong Kong is joining hands with digital art platform, The Authority to showcase an exclusive collection of NFT works by leading artists

It’s no secret that blockchain technology and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are taking the international art world by storm, redefining how artists and collectors appreciate, buys and make profits from art over the years.

As NFTs continue to rise in popularity across the globe, a slew of top-tier event organisers and auction houses have ventured into such groundbreaking realm of digital art and NFTs—including Poly Auction Hong Kong, which has recently collaborated with The Authority, a leading digital art platform to present a series of exhibitions and an online auction on NFT artworks.

The partnership between Poly Auction and The Authority will see an exclusive collection of works by the most influential artists in the NFT world, with the main focus on Andreas Ivan—the remarkable digital Russian-Mauritian artist, alongside 11 other internationally renowned talents. The exhibitions will be hosted through two shows on Poly Auction’s mobile app and WeChat mini programme.  

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The first show, which takes place between October 7-15 at Poly Gallery Hong Kong, will feature Andreas Ivan’s Smoochies: MÆTHERIAL Collection. Exclusively curated for the event, the collection is meant to replicate the kisses Ivan’s mother imparted in times of difficulty, reflecting the same love, comfort and support that the artist received from his mother when he was young.

Consisting of 16 ‘Smoochies’, each creation will be a unique 1 of 1 edition NFT available for auctions and accompanied by 8 limited-limited prints available for purchase at the exhibition. According to Ivan, only 100 ‘Smoochies’ will be created in the course of his creative career, which makes Poly Auction Hong Kong and The Authority’s upcoming auction a rare opportunity to collect the artist’s NFT works. Bidding for the NFT ‘Smoochies’ will take place between 8th to 12th November on the Poly Auction mobile app and the WeChat mini program.

For the second part of the show, NFT creations of the 11 collaborating artists will be showcased at Pacific Place from October 22 to November 9. Titled ‘Are you BORED or NOT’, the exhibition features brand new creations from a stellar artist lineup including Jonathan Jay Lee, an award-winning illustrator; Jasper Wong, a HYPEBEAST Top 100 Influential Artist; Kongkee, a legendary Hong Kong comic book artist and animator; as well as Andrés Rivera, a rising New York NFT artist. 

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Speaking of Poly Auction’s collaboration with The Authority, Alex Chang chief executive officer of Poly Auction said, “We are very delighted to collaborate with The Authority in presenting 16 artworks specifically created for this Exhibition by Andreas Ivan, a rising star in NFT art and the recipient of a great deal of publicity." “This will be the first time that Poly Auction (Hong Kong) holds an exhibition and online auction on NFT digital artworks. Through this opportunity, we wish to showcase the abundant creativity and the limitless possibilities of NFT artworks, as well as to open up more space for development for the next generations to come. We will continue making exploration in new realms so as to offer collectors a forward-looking paradigm with our art collection."

Eliott Suen, founder of The Authority also commented on the project: “Poly Auction Hong Kong and The Authority’s debut NFT show is a major milestone for Asia’s art scene. It is our great pleasure to collaborate with the esteemed Poly platform to introduce NFT sensation Andreas Ivan and the exclusive drop of his MÆTHERIAL Collection.” “The Authority is founded on the ethos of bridging the physical and virtual worlds, and on empowering creativity with technology. We seek to bring blockchain technology and digital art to the forefront of fine arts in Asia. In this campaign, Poly Auction Hong Kong and The Authority focus on working with rising talents in the NFT space. The possibilities are endless, and we are very excited.”

Andreas Ivan ‘Smoochies’ exhibition will be held at Poly Gallery Hong Kong (7/F, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong) from October 7-15, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. ‘Are you BORED or NOT?’ exhibition will be held at Pacific Place (Shop 100B, Level L1, Pacific Place; near Dim Sum Library) from October 15-22, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. Lastly, the NFT online auction will take place from November 8-12 on the Poly Auction mobile app and WeChat mini program.

Discover more about the event at polyauction.com.hk

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