Recent Russian missile attacks in Ukraine are causing major damages to cultural heritage sites, universities and museums. On Tuesday, President Zelensky addressed a speech to UNESCO member States in the scope of the Organization’s Executive Board, stressing global concern about the current situation of cultural heritage in the country and officially submitting the candidacy of the historic centre of Odesa for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

In this context, cultural institutions in Ukraine are struggling in finding new ways to preserve their heritage. In order to raise funds to protect and safeguard national sites, the Kharkiv Art Museum has launched an original NFT art collection which is available on the Binance NFT marketplace since October the 13th. After the withdrawal of Russian troops from the city in the past months, the local art museum has digitalised fifteen artworks, composing the “Art without Borders”, whose incomes will contribute to the preservation of national cultural heritage.

Art without Borders includes works from the 25.000 pieces of the museum collection. Among them, some of the masterpieces by Ivan Aivazovsky and Albrecht Dürer , providing one of the largest art collection in the country. It is not the first time that museums digitalise some of their artworks, generating significant revenues and ensuring the conservation of art that, once converted in NFT, cannot be destroyed.

A similar action has been carried out by the Ministry of Digital Transformation that launched an original NFT museum with works inspired by recent events, providing not only money but also information and valorisation of the conflict history.

The building of the Kharkov Art Museum” by San4oss is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.