Collecting digital art, net art and NFTs

Collectors’ Forum

Collecting digital art, net art and NFTs
19 June 2021, 2 p.m.
A conversation between Veselina Sarieva and Rene Beekman

The event can be viewed on Facebook and the YouTube channel of the Open Arts Foundation

The recent craze around art sold as NFTs has brought new attention to selling, buying and owning digital art. What is an NFT and what is it not? Do we really need NFTs to buy or sell digital art? Can I sell non-digital art or physical objects using NFTs? How is buying, selling or owning digital art different from traditional art? Is there anything special I should do as an artist or curator when buying or selling digital art? What does it mean to own net art?

These and other questions will be the topic of a conversation between Vesselina Sarieva, owner and curator at the successful commercial art gallery Sariev, and Rene Beekman, co-owner of gallery Gallery, the only gallery in Bulgaria that specializes in digital art.

Submit your questions in advance using this form and they will be answered during the conversation.

The event is a part of the Dzhadzha platform.


Rene Beekman is a Dutch artist and curator, who lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria. His work has been shown at Stedelijk Museum, Art Amsterdam, Kunst RAI and de IJsbreker in Amsterdam, het Appollohuis in Eindhoven, the Kitchen in New York, and the Städtische Museen Jena, among others. He has performed at venues including Roulette in New York, Paradiso in Amsterdam, V2_ in Rotterdam, iMAL in Brussels, and the City Art Gallery in Sofia. In Bulgaria, he has founded the Digital Art MA programme at the National Academy of Arts and is currently co-owner and co-curator at gallery Gallery.

Vesselina Sarieva is an author, art manager, gallerist, curator, art consultant. She is active in the fields of contemporary art, literature, urban development, art spaces. She is the co-founder, together with Katrin Sarieva, of a cluster of organisations connected in a common ecosystem: Sariev gallery, Plovdiv since 2004, Open Arts Foundation since 2007, artnewscafe, Plovdiv – a café and community centre since 2008, and an open mobile stage for art and culture FLUCA since 2016. Some of the well-known projects initiated and developed by Sarieva are the Night of Museums and Galleries Festival (2005-2019); the educational platform Introduction to Contemporary Art (since 2011); Focus Bulgaria at viennacontemporary 2015; the web portal; artnewscafe bulletin (since 2008).

Watch the video of the discussion here