Inaugurated in 1929, Molitor has long been the jewel of the Parisian scene, known for its emblematic pools and its avant-garde atmosphere. Now, partnering with renowned artists such as DOES and Marko, Molitor is launching an NFT art collection, merging the venue’s artistic heritage with contemporary technology. In the following interview, we delve into the minds of these artists to understand their relationship with Molitor, their transition to NFT art, and what it means for the future of art.
Why did you decide to participate in this project?
DOES : Having already had great experiences with the artistic projects initiated at Molitor and being already active in the NFT space, this seemed like an exciting project that I wanted to participate in.
MARKO : I agreed to paint my cabin in Molitor in 2018 because the artistic project seemed interesting to me. The challenge was to appropriate a confined space and create an immersive work in an exceptional location. Today, with the NFT project, I am curious to see how to digitally transpose my painting. The result lived up to my expectations. I now have the impression, with all humility, that my painting is eternally linked to the history of Molitor. Molitor is part of our heritage and I have the feeling that these digital works will last forever. I am aware that the transformation of the “painting” work into digital works is a step in the NFT process. But after that, there is the organization, dissemination, communication and launch of these works, which are crucial tasks carried out by Molitor and Artcare. The combination of all these skills enriches me enormously in this new way of distributing and collecting art.
What is your history with Molitor?
DOES: In 2017, Molitor invited me to paint cabin number 172 as well as one of the corridors near the winter swimming pool. In 2021 I had a solo exhibition in the hotel lobby and in 2022 I created works for a group exhibition in Molitor. I have always been and remain impressed by the history of the building, its past and I always feel inspired after spending time there. I enjoy the atmosphere, the people I meet there and the artistic projects that are launched there. Molitor was the most popular bath in Paris with an avant-garde atmosphere when it opened between the two wars in 1929. Sixty years later, it became the temple of the Parisian underground movement, raves, urban art and of all kinds of madness. Then, in 2014, this temple of Parisian urban art was transformed into a unique hotel that highlights its rich past.
MARKO: The Molitor swimming pool was an avant-garde place since its opening in 1929. It then became an abandoned urban cathedral in the 80s and 90s, where graffiti artists came to paint spontaneously. Then came the time to restore the swimming pool and transform it into a hotel. I would like to underline Molitor’s desire not to forget its history by integrating contemporary urban art into the restoration of the original architecture. These two worlds coexist, interact… for the pleasure of the eyes of the curious. Today, in 2023, with this audacious NFT project, Molitor remains avant-garde, just as when it opened in 1929. Daring, innovating, taking risks makes us progress in our lives.
Why move from urban art to NFTs?
DOES : For me, the NFT space offers a new opportunity to express myself and experiment with new digital mediums. I am driven by the desire to leave a tangible mark in this world. It is this motivation that pushes me to push my limits and constantly seek new ways to express art. I love exploring different art forms and using various media. Over the years, my work has diversified into illustrative drawings, prints, canvases, urban sculptures and collages on paper. I see blockchain as a new framework where my works are eternalized to live forever as digital art in a virtual world.
MARKO : Urban art, by definition, adapts to all media. NFT is an additional medium that allows us to distribute our art on a global scale.
What new leverage do NFTs represent for artists?
DOES: Although the NFT space is complex and constantly evolving, it also offers new levers for artists, particularly around ownership and authenticity. Personally, it is mainly the potential to build my legacy that attracts me.
MARKO: NFTs offer us the opportunity to push our creativity in new directions through new technologies. In addition, they allow us to reach new audiences, expand our communities, meet different types of art collectors and get a fresh look at our creations.
Through this fascinating interview with DOES and Marko, we were able to explore the depth of their relationship with Molitor and their vision for the future of art in the digital age. Molitor Pariswith its new collection “ The Legacy Collection“ , not only celebrates its rich artistic heritage, but also ushers in a new era of art collecting. By immortalizing urban art in the form of NFTs, Molitor and these avant-garde artists are redefining the way art is perceived, collected and appreciated in the digital age.
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