James Ensor takes the lead
With Art Security Tokens, museums have a new tool for acquiring masterpieces, says Nevelsteen.
“Museums often lack the resources for this. Thanks to token holders, museums can expand and deepen their collections. Every artwork that is tokenised via the Rubey platform comes from a private collection and is given on long-term loan to a museum. What’s more, the construction creates a new form of community building between owners and museums. The token holders stay informed about the work, for example when it travels to a foreign exhibition, or about new scientific insights.”
The first work to be tokenized is James Ensor’s “Carnaval de Binche”. The painter is mentioned in the same breath as Rubens, Bruegel, Van Eyck and Delvaux. Many prestigious international museums have an Ensor in their permanent collection.
Thanks to Rubey, this masterpiece no longer hangs in a private collection, but in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. You are welcome to view the world’s largest Ensor collection in the completely renovated museum, which Rubey helped to initiate.