We are excited to announce a joint exhibition with EXPANDED.ART that showcases a curated selection of abstract art. The exhibition explores the intersection of art and technology, mostly focusing on the use of algorithms and code in the creation of abstract generative works but also the use of blockchain technology by artists such as Anna Beller.

The origins of abstract art are debated, with some tracing its roots to ancient Islamic art and others locating its beginnings in the early 20th century Western art movement. During the years leading up to World War I, artists such as Delaunay, Kandinsky, Malevich, and Tatlin embraced abstraction in their practice. While Kandinsky is often credited as the first artist to create purely abstract, non-representational paintings, his work was later challenged by the abstract art of Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, whose focus on spirituality differed from Kandinsky's logical theories. The emergence of the de Stijl group in the Netherlands and the Dada group in Switzerland further expanded the spectrum of abstract art, leading to what some consider the two golden eras of the movement: 1912-1925 and 1947-1970.

Since the late 1950s, a group of artists have been utilising algorithmic procedures to create art. Early pioneers in this field include Herbert W. Franke and Vera Molnar, whose works are featured in this exhibition. In recent years, there has been an eruption of abstract works within the digital realm, where artists are increasingly employing code to create generative works. This has led to the emergence of a new, vibrant movement and community that has yet to be fully explored within the broader context of art history.

Artists are employing algorithms and codes to create formal ideas of abstraction in their compositions and the recent development of blockchain technology has further accelerated this movement. By exploring the intersection of art and technology through the works of these innovative artists, this exhibition invites the viewer to consider the ways in which these fields interact and influence one another.

ARTISTS: Herbert W. Franke, Lee Mullican, Heinrich Heidersberger, Anna Lucia, Kim Asendorf, Banz & Bowinkel, Anna Carreras, Anna Beller, Ira Greenberg, Iskra Velitchkova, Jonas Lund, Leander Herzog & Richard Nadler, Aaron Penne, Lisa Orth, Marcel Schwittlick, Manuel Rossner, Ivona Tau, Julien Espagnon, Damjanski, and Olga Fradina.

Exhibition takes please IRL in Berlin at EXPANDED.ART and online on Verse.

RELEASE SCHEDULE

The digital works will be minted on Ethereum and will be available to collect on Verse. The artists will release 1/1s, limited and open editions, and long-form generative art projects. Prints, paintings and drawings will be available on EXPANDED.ART

20 JANUARY | 7PM CET | 1PM ET | 10AM PT: : Anna Beller, Ivona Tau, Manuel Rossner, Lee Mullican, Leander Herzog & Richard Nadler (fxhash, Tezos)



23 JANUARY | 7PM CET | 1PM ET | 10AM PT: 
Ira Greenberg, Julien Espagnon, Olga Fradina, Lisa Orth

24 -25 JANUARY | 7PM CET | 1PM ET | 10AM PT 
AUCTION : Aaron Penne



24 JANUARY | 7PM CET | 1PM ET | 10AM PT DUTCH AUCTION : Anna Carreras

25 JANUARY | 7PM CET | 1PM ET | 10AM PT
 DUTCH AUCTION: Anna Lucia

IRL OPENING: 20 January | 6-9 PM CET | EXPANDED.ART | Friedrichstraße 67 | Berlin The artists Richard Nadler, Anna Beller, Manuel Rossner, Julien Espagnon, Banz & Bowinkel, and Marcel Schwittlick will be present.

CRYPTO ART SALON BERLIN: 29 January 6-9 PM CET | EXPANDED.ART | Friedrichstraße 67 | Berlin : Anika Meier in conversation with Kim Asendorf and Leander Herzog on the past and present of generative art on the blockchain.

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Anna Lucia
Patched Paradise, 2023
100 artworks
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Anna Carreras
Discs, 2023
100 artworks
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Aaron Penne
Searching Still [Mountain], 2023
Unique
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Aaron Penne
Searching Still [Sky], 2023
Unique
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Aaron Penne
Searching Still [Sound], 2023
Unique
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Lisa Orth
Soft Waking, 2023
25 artworks
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Anna Lucia

Anna Lucia is an engineer and self-taught artist from The Netherlands living in Cairo. She writes algorithms to generate artworks, often combining mathematics and computer science concepts with feminine crafts such as textile work. She explores new ways of presenting artworks to audiences through endless animations, interaction, VR, and the screen as the medium. Her work has been included in...
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Anna Carreras

Anna Carreras is a generative artist and creative coder focusing her work on the use of algorithms to create visuals that foster memories or evocate new ones. She codes her work from scratch to create images that cannot be achieved in any other medium. She is interested in complexity, surprise and meaning that emerges from small simple behaviours playing with systems. She wants to foster...
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Aaron Penne

Aaron Penne (b. 1988, United States) is a renowned artist and engineer making generative artwork with code since 2018. His work has been sold at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, and he has shown internationally at galleries and museums such as ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe Museum, Seattle NFT Museum, CADAF, and Bright Moments Gallery amongst others. Penne is currently the Director of...
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