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Contemporary art may be the last thing that comes to mind when you think of Rome, but gallerist Paulina Bebecka is out to change that. Gallerist and director-at-large of the famed Postmasters Gallery and PostmastersRoma, Paulina has dedicated most of her life to cutting-edge contemporary art.
Ever since it’s early 1980s founding in New York City, Postmasters Gallery has made it a habit to exhibit work in media that challenges the status quo and ventures towards the future with work by digital media and net artists and political activists. Postmasters is the pioneer of the NFT movement, as one of the first- if not the first- to show and celebrate this new form of art in 2013.
“Questioning what art really is and if it has to be physical or even exist in tangible terms at all is a fascinating idea,” says Paulina. “This art focuses on “[teasing] out the gap between representation and lived experience.”
Paulina’s focus for Postmasters is much more broad than NFTs. The gallery brings in shows – paintings, sculptures, site-specific installations – from artists across the globe. In this conversation, Paulina talks contemporary art, NFTs and Italy, and Erica finds out why Paulina felt Rome was the desired location for Postmasters in Italy.