First hybrid conference on art and NFTs at Van Ham

Art and NFT. A new artistic medium and investment object – opportunities and risks

25 November 2021 | 10 am – 1 pm

NFT conference

On 25 November 2021, the first hybrid conference, “Art and NFTs: A new artistic medium and investment object – opportunities and risks” will take place at Van Ham Kunstauktionen in Cologne in cooperation with the law firm Wilde Beuger Solmecke. The topic of non-fungible tokens will be examined in depth and from different angles in five lectures. Participants can register for in-person or digital attendance to the event.

Content of the conference

Non-fungible tokens or NFTs have rapidly evolved as virtual securitizations of art and collector’s items – digital works have fetched record prices, certainly since the spectacular auction of Beeple’s Everydays: The First 5000 Days. This autumn, Hybrid NFTs will fall under the gavel for the first time at a German auction house at Van Ham, which once again confirms Van Ham’s role as the sector’s innovation driver. The hybrid NFT conference on 25 November 2021 thus constitutes an exciting and meaningful complement for anyone who wishes to enter the world of digital, securitized collector’s items. The interdisciplinary panel will take a look at NFTs both from a technical perspective (Prof. Wolfgang Prinz and Stephan Noller) and that of the art world (Rita Kersting and Markus Eisenbeis) as well as with a view to the legal and insurance issues involved (Prof. Jürgen Wilhelm and Madeleine Schulz).

The cooperation between Van Ham and Wilde Beuger Solmecke Rechtsanwälte is based on the integration of new technologies into their own business and their interest in sharing their mutual experience with a wider audience. This type of cooperation has already proven successful in past interdisciplinary symposia at Van Ham, which drew much interest as they invariably provided new impulses to the industry.

Programme (in German)


Welcome and introduction

“Why collect NFTs?”

Markus Eisenbeis, Proprietor, VAN HAM Kunstauktionen


NFT and technology                         

“What is an NFT and why is it significant for art?”

Prof. Wolfgang Prinz, PhD, Deputy Director, Fraunhofer FIT


“They are having their hands in it right now: Why NFTs will revolutionize not only the art world”

Stephan Noller, CEO, Ubirch GmbH


NFT and digital art

“NFTs: How does the museum deal with new technology”

Rita Kersting, Deputy Director, Museum Ludwig


NFT and the law

“The legal aspect of NFTs: Many questions, a few answers”

Prof. Jürgen Wilhelm, Attorney, WBS; Board of Directors, Max Ernst Foundation and ZERO Foundation


NFT and insurance

“Digital assets – real challenge: How non-fungible tokens challenge the insurance market”

Madeleine Schulz, Managing Partner, Preventum GmbH


Online participation (Watch only)


Participation on site (€ 50)

When participating on site, the 2G rule applies


VAN HAM Kunstauktionen
Hitzelerstraße 2
50968 Cologne