The Lobkowicz family, a Bohemian noble family dating back to the 14th century, is ready to host the second edition of an NFT exhibition; looking to bridge the gap between traditional art and blockchain technology.
House of Lobkowicz is looking to host Non-Fungible Castle for a second time, following a successful launch in 2021. The exhibition of NFTs will open on 27 October 2022, at the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle. While celebrating cultural heritage, the exhibition is highlighting how blockchain technology can bring more attention to history and historical art.
In order to attract the highest number of people, the NFT exhibition is to be completely free to the public and ends on 13 November. Visitors will be able to view artworks from the likes of Banksy, Daniel Arsham, Zhang Huan, Jonathan Monaghan, and CROSSLUCID. Selected pieces from the exhibition are being sold in an online auction in the form of NFTs.
The theme of the art exhibition is based around Antonín Dvořák, the world-renowned Czech composer.
The family are also introducing an interactive cultural experience. Guests will board a train from Prague to Nelahozeves in order to reach the event. Once there, visitors can take part in historical activities which are combined with modern technology. Among the activities is a gamified scavenger hunt; providing hands-on experiences through the applications of blockchain technology.
NFTs have been used in the past to bring attention to museums, including Dubai’s Museum of the Future.
How the future can help restore the past
In 2021, the family hosted the event in the same location and hosted around 200 attendees. Overall, the NFT exhibition raised enough funds to finance over 52 restoration projects in the Lobkowicz Collections.
Furthermore, the funds from the 2022 online auction plan will support the Lobkowicz collection’s charitable project. The project is the reconstruction and renovation of Antonín Dvořák’s birth house in Nelahozeves. The location is being transformed into an international musical heritage site. The plan is to include a museum dedicated to his life and music and to host education courses, workshops and concerts for all ages.
From the Czech Republic, the House of Lobkowicz is most well-known for Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowicz, an ancestor born in 1772. The aristocratic prince was a patron of Ludwig van Beethoven. He had several works of Beethoven dedicated to him including his third, fifth and sixth symphonies.
Tickets for the cultural experience and conference can be bought and double as NFTs which can provide token-gated access to the events. This unique access comes via a partnership with STRV, a Czech software design and engineering firm.