July 26th 2022
The collection, called 苒·PANACEA, has inspired a range of “high art” NFTs on the newly launched premium NFT marketplace, Mega Oasis.
Neo, one of the oldest blockchains and the leading web3 developer-centric platform, are announcing a partnership with Mega Oasis, a new NFT marketplace in Neo’s ecosystem that brings the premium art market to the world of NFTs. Both will be sponsoring a tour of celebrated artist Zhenchen Liu’s 苒·PANACEA collection through July and August in China’s major cities, including Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing.
The 苒·PANACEA collection has inspired Liu’s first and only NFT collection – MetaPanacea – which is now available on Mega Oasis.
The inspiration behind the MetaPanacea collection
Inspired by 苒·PANACEA, the MetaPanacea NFT collection is the debut drop on Mega Oasis and is inspired by the medicinal power of plants, herbs, and minerals. MetaPanacea is an exclusive collection with limited distribution, and it will be distributed only through Mega Oasis. MetaPanacea includes a total of 403 exclusively-designed NFTs, which will be distributed across multiple series.
Liu has previously worked with brands such as Chanel and his work has been exhibited at the Grand Palais, at the Palais de Tokyo and are permanently collected by the Centre Pompidou in France and the European Photography Museum.
Zhenchen Liu is currently touring across major Chinese cities, presenting his works from 苒·PANACEA from July 9th to August 28th. His first stop is the city of Shenyang, capital of the Liaoning Province. The exhibition includes a total of 30 works on display, including paintings, mixed-material light boxes, and videos. The exhibition is co-hosted by the 1905 Art Space gallery and Neo and curated by art curator and critic, Du Xiyun. MetaPanacea has been digitized from the original Panacea collection with computer algorithms.This digitized collection is presented in the format of mixed-material light box to re-conceptualize the real world from the artificial world of art, demonstrating an art form that the Mega Oasis collection has described as being “both dialectic and transdisciplinary; dynamic yet incidental; constitutive yet minimal; exact yet elusory; and ultimately – poetic.”
Artist Zhenchen Liu (left), and Director of Neo Eco-Growth John Wang, (right)
As one of the sponsors of the art tour, Neo has taken another opportunity to demonstrate its vision in action of using blockchain technology to bolster other industries, including traditional arts.
“We want to give more people the opportunity to become aware of blockchain technology through offline events and meetups and meetups such as these,” said John Wang, Director of Neo Eco-Growth, who attended the opening ceremony of the art tour in Shenyang. “The concept of MetaPanacea also overlaps and resonates with Neo’s vision of creating the innovative and the exploratory. We look forward to working with Zhenchen to support the creation of more works in the future.”
About the artist
Born in 1976, Zhenchen Liu graduated from the National Institute of Contemporary Art in Nice, Villa Arson, France. Later, during his study and creation at Le Fresnoy National Contemporary Art Studio in France, he was guided by well-known directors such as Jean-Luc Godard, Chantal Akerman, André S. Labarthe, etc., and won the third stage of the art “post-diploma” with the highest honor of the jury (Très Honorable avec les Félicitations du jury). His works often focus on globalization and environmental issues through media such as video, installation, and painting. His works are permanently collected by national institutions such as the Centre Pompidou in France and the European Photography Museum.
Founded as Antshares in 2014, Neo is an open-source community-driven blockchain platform renowned for putting developers and builders at the heart of their vision. As one of the oldest blockchains in the space, Neo has been focusing for years on building a truly interoperable dapp-rich ecosystem, and is now the most feature-complete blockchain platform for building decentralized applications. Neo allows developers to digitize and automate the management of assets through smart contracts, as well as enabling them to code in traditional web2 languages. It also provides powerful native infrastructures such as decentralized storage, oracles, and domain name service, creating a solid foundation for the next-gen Internet.