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64 and Fabulous! All Eyes on BRAFA This Winter in Brussels

  • BRAFA 2018
  • BRAFA 2018
  • BRAFA 2018-Stand Bernier Eliades Gallery © Fabrice Debatty
  • BRAFA 2018 Stand Boon Gallery © Emmanuel Crooy
  • BRAFA 2018 Stand Galerie Oscar De Vos © Emmanuel Crooy
  • BRAFA 2018-Stand Galerie Seghers © Fabrice Debatty
  • BRAFA 2018 Stand Robertaebasta © Emmanuel Crooy
  • BRAFA 2018 Stand Tornabuoni Arte © Emmanuel Crooy
December 17, 2018
Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and Editor-in-Chief.

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?

It seems that these lyrics from a famous 1964 Beatles song are particularly dear to the BRAFA fair, the iconic art fair celebrating that very number in 2019. The unmissable Brussels event is once again returning to its home on the Tour & Taxis site this January, becoming a “grand ephemeral museum which traces art history and archaeology down to our era.”

From Ancient and Tribal to Modern and Contemporary art, from Haute Epoque to 20th century design, from ceramics to photographs, the BRAFA exhibitors have it all. Over 130 of them, from Belgium and abroad, will gather collectors and connoisseurs alike, paying homage to the artistic creation in all its forms.

Balancing between novelty and tradition, BRAFA has now revealed its 2019 program, and here is what we can expect.

BRAFA 2018 General View
BRAFA 2018 General View © A2pix – F. Blaise and E. Charneux

Exhibiting Galleries

A total of 133 galleries and art dealers from sixteen countries have been selected to participate in BRAFA in 2019, after a rigorous and meticulous selection process.

Sixteen of them are debuting at the fair, among them Cortesi Gallery with Post-war European art. Impressionist paintings for instance can be seen at the booths of Brame & Lorenceau, Rosenberg & Co, Simon Studer Art Associés and Willow Gallery, while Ancient art is offered by David Aaron and Martin Doustar.

As many as eight galleries will hail in from Switzerland, offering mostly modern and contemporary art, but also Ancient art from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Classical Greece and Rome, which is the case of Phoenix Ancient Art.

Commenting on the gallery line-up, BRAFA Chairman Harold t’Kint de Roodenbeke says:

With sixteen new names, we are consistent with the previous editions, and from my point of view this is an ideal percentage. It means we are able to bring in novelty without calling into question the internal equilibrium among the various specialities, and without shaking everything up. I think it is important that we can offer our visitors a form of continuity, with galleries who have been faithful to the fair for many years and whom our visitors enjoy seeing each time, while also offering a touch of novelty. For it is thanks to this fine balance that our event retains its strength and attests to its openness.

At BRAFA 2019, the contemporary manner of collecting will also be emphasized; the fair aims to offer a quality variety of artworks to its visitors, in order to encourage and support “cross-collecting” and introduce the works on view to those who would like to know more. Contributing to this is BRAFA’s non-sectorial arrangement of the stands, which means we are to enjoy all kinds of art at the same time!

BRAFA 2019 Exhibitors

Exhibitors BRAFA 2019CityCountrySpecialityEmailWebsite
David Aaron - New 2019LondonUKAncient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Classical and Islamic works of
Galerie ABParisFrancePaintings, drawings and sculptures from 1830 to the
d'Arschot & CieBrusselsBelgiumEuropean antique silverware dating from the 16th to the 18th
Art et Patrimoine - Laurence LenneAthBelgium16th, 17th and 18th century earthenware, porcelain and works of
ArtAncientLondonUKAncient art, including numismatics and artworks of cultural and historical
Galerie Ary JanParisFranceLate 19th and early 20th century European
Bailly GalleryGenevaSwitzerlandModern and contemporary
Helene Bailly GalleryParisFranceImpressionist, modern and contemporary
Albert BaronianBrusselsBelgiumModern and contemporary
Belgian Fine Comic Strip GalleryRombachLuxemburg9th
Galerie de la BéraudièreBrusselsBelgiumMasters of the 19th and 20th
Galerie BerèsParisFrance19th-21th century paintings, drawings and sculptures
Galerie BergerBeauneFrance17th and 18th century furniture and works of
Berko Fine PaintingsKnokke-HeistBelgium19th and early 20th century European paintings, art books and special
Galerie Claude BernardParisFranceModern and contemporary
Galeria BernatBarcelonaSpainMedieval and Renaissance art from the 10th to the 16th
BERNIER/ELIADES GALLERYAthens/BrusselsGreece/BelgiumContemporary
Boon GalleryKnokke-ZouteBelgiumImpressionist, modern and contemporrary
Galerie Alexis BordesParisFrance17th - early 20th century drawings and
Bernard BouissetBéziersFranceAntique and signed
Galerie BoulakiaParis/LondresFrance/UKModern and contemporary
Bowman Sculpture - New 2019LondonUK19th-20th century and contemporary European
Brame & Lorenceau - New 2019ParisFranceImpressionist, modern and contemporary
Brenske GalleryMunichGermanyAncient Russian and Greek Icons. Modern
Brun Fine ArtMilan/LondonItaly/UK18th century Italian
Cabinet of Curiosities - Honourable Silver ObjectsAntwerpBelgium17th and 18th century curiosities and
Galerie Cento AnniBrussels/ParisBelgium/FranceArt Nouveau & Art Deco: French glasswork, furniture, lighting and
Chambre Professionnelle Belge de la Librairie Ancienne et ModerneBrusselsBelgiumAntiquarian books and
Chiale Fine ArtRacconigiItalyContinental furniture, sculpture &
didier Claes GalleryBrusselsBelgiumTribal
Cortesi Gallery - New 2019LondonUKEuropean Post-War
CostermansBrusselsBelgium17th and 18th century European paintings and fine
Galerie CybeleParisFranceArchaeology from Ancient Egypt. Bookseller and publisher specializing in
Pierre DartevelleBrusselsBelgiumTribal art and
De Backker Medieval ArtHoogstratenBelgiumMedieval
Patrick De Brock GalleryKnokkeBelgiumContemporary
Galerie Oscar De VosSint-Martens-LatemBelgiumLatem School paintings, works on paper and sculptures, (post-) impressionism, symbolism, expressionism, surrealism and modern Belgian
De Wit Fine TapestriesMechelenBelgiumAntique
Deletaille GalleryBrusselsBelgiumPrimitive and Pre-Columbian
Galerie DelvailleParisFrance18th century French furniture and paintings dating from the middle of the 19th
Gallery DesmetBrusselsBelgiumClassical sculpture and works of
Galerie Christian DeydierParisFranceAncient arts of
DIE GALERIEFrankfurt am Main Germany20th century
Martin Doustar - New 2019BrusselsBelgiumAncient and Tribal
Galerie EberweinParisFranceArchaeology and
Xavier EeckhoutParisFranceAnimal sculpture from 1880 to
Epoque Fine JewelsKortrijkBelgiumFine period and antique jewellery including Art Nouveau and Art Deco
Yann FerrandinParisFranceFine Tribal
Finch & CoLondonUKAntiquities, ethnographica, natural history, sculpture and works of
Galerie FleuryParisFranceModern painting and
Galerie des ModernesParisFranceModern
Dario GhioMonte-CarloMonacoAntique gold, silverware and
Galerie GilgameshParisFranceClassical and Middle Eastern
Gladstone GalleryBrussels/New-YorkBelgium/USAContemporary
Galerie Grand-Rue Marie-Laure RondeauGenevaSwitzerlandWatercolours, gouaches, prints and drawings from the 18th and 19th
Bernard de Grunne Tribal Fine ArtsBrusselsBelgiumAfrican, Oceanic and Indonesian Tribal
Grusenmeyer - WolinerBrusselsBelgiumAsian and Tribal Art – Archaeology, the Middle Ages and the
Galerie HarmakhisBrusselsBelgiumAncient Egyptian and classical
Philippe HeimParisFrance20th century painting, drawing and
Marc HeiremansBrusselsBelgium20th century furniture, objects and Italian
Heritage Gallery - New 2019MoscowRussiaRussian modern art and Soviet
Christophe HiocoParisFranceAsian
Charles-Wesley Hourdé - New 2019ParisFranceAfrican, Oceanic and pre-Columbian
Huberty & Breyne GalleryBrussels/ParisBelgium/FranceOriginal comic art & Contemporary
Galerie HurtebizeCannesFrancePost-impressionist and modern
Galerie L'Ibis - New 2019MarrakeshMoroccoEgyptian antiquities and ancient
Galerie JamarAntwerpBelgiumModern and contemporary art: Panamarenko, Jef Geys, Guillaume Bijl, Marcel Broodthaers, Léon Spilliaert, Alechinsky, Jan Fabre, Laurent Cruyt, James
Rodolphe JanssenBrusselsBelgiumContemporary
Harold t'Kint de RoodenbekeBrusselsBelgium19th and 20th century painting, sculpture and works on
Lancz GalleryBrusselsBelgium19th and 20th century paintings, drawings and
Galerie Alexis LartigueParisFranceModern and contemporary
Galerie Bertrand de LavergneParisFrance16th-18th century Chinese porcelain and works of art, Chinese snuff
Galerie Le Beau - GokelaereBrusselsBelgiumDialogue between Art and
Jean LemaireBrusselsBelgiumAntique ceramics, earthenware,
Galerie MaeghtParisFranceModern and contemporary
Francis Maere Fine ArtsGhentBelgium19th and 20th century Belgian painting and
Kálmán Makláry Fine ArtsBudapestHungaryModern and contemporary
Galerie Martel-GreinerParisFrance20th century decorative art, sculpture and
Maruani MercierBrussels/KnokkeBelgiumAmerican paintings, sculpture and photography from the
Galerie MathivetParisFrance20th century decorative
Meessen De ClercqBrusselsBelgiumContemporary
Galeria Guilhem MontagutBarcelonaSpainTribal
Galerie MontanariParisFrance16th-20th century
Sandro Morelli - New 2019FlorenceItalyHaute
Morentz - New 2019WaalwijkThe Netherlands20th century
Jan Muller AntiquesGhentBelgiumWorks of art and 16th-20th century
Klaas MullerBrusselsBelgium16th-18th century paintings, sculpture and
Opera GalleryGenevaSwitzerlandModern and contemporary
Osborne Samuel GalleryLondonUKModern British painting and
La Patinoire Royale / Galerie Valérie BachBrusselsBelgiumFine modern and contemporary art and,
La PendulerieParisFranceMantle clocks, cartels, regulators and art
Galerie Alexis PentcheffMarseilleFrance19th and 20th century
Phoenix Ancient ArtGeneva/New YorkSwitzerland/USAAncient art from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Classical Greece and Rome, Central Europe, Eurasia and South-West
Guy Pieters GalleryKnokkeBelgiumModern and contemporary
Porfirius KunstkammerNeerijseBelgiumKunstkammer objects: preciosia, scientifica, naturalia and
Eric PouillotParisFranceChinese ceramics and works of
Galerie de la PrésidenceParisFranceMasters of the 20th century and figurative painters of the 1950'
Galerie Günter Puhze
Maison Rapin - Return 2019ParisFrance20th and 21st century, contemporary art and design
Repetto GalleryLondonUKPostwar Italian Art (Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana and Fausto Melotti), Arte Povera, Land
Röbbig München - New 2019MunichGermanyEarly Meissen and German porcelain, 18th century furniture, paintings and
RobertaebastaMilan/LondonItaly/UK20th century decorative arts and
Rosenberg & Co - New 2019New YorkUSAImpressionist, Modern and Contemporary Fine
Galerie SchifferliGenevaSwitzerlandModern paintings, works on paper and
Serge Schoffel - Art PremierBrusselsBelgiumPrimitive
Galerie Schoffel de FabryParisFranceAfrica, Oceania, North America and South East
Clara Scremini GalleryParisFranceContemporary glass and
Galerie SeghersOstendBelgiumLate 19th and 20th century painting, sculpture and works on
Pierre Segoura - Return 2019ParisFrancePaintings, drawings, works of Art, antqiue furniture and
Sèvres - Cité de la CéramiqueSèvres/ParisFranceDecorative Art and
Herwig SimonsBrusselsBelgiumAntique and modern works of
Galerie SismannParisFranceEuropean sculpture 1000 -
SteinitzParisFranceGilt and carved woodwork and panelling, 17th and 18th century furniture and works of art, antique
Stern Pissarro GalleryLondonUKLate 19th and 20th century European
Simon Studer Art Associés - New 2019GenevaSwitzerlandImpressionist, modern and contemporary
Galerie TaménagaParis/Tokyo/OsakaFrance/JapanImpressionist, modern and contemporary
Theatrum MundiArezzoItaly21st century
Theunissen & de GhellinckBrusselsBelgiumFrench furniture and works of art from the 17th and 18th
Omer Tiroche GalleryLondonUKModern and contemporary
Galerie Patrice TriganoParisFranceModern paintings, drawings and contemporary
Univers du BronzeParisFrance19th, 20th and 21st century
Gallery Sofie Van de Velde - New 2019AntwerpBelgiumModern and contemporary
Floris van Wanroij Fine ArtDommelenThe NetherlandsOld master paintings, sculptures and works of art from the Haute Epoque
Samuel Vanhoegaerden GalleryKnokkeBelgiumModern and contemporary
Axel VervoordtWijnegem/AntwerpBelgiumContemporary art, archaeology, furniture, oriental art, objets d’art dating from the 17th to the 20th century and
Galerie Florence de VoldèreParisFranceOld masters, 16th – 18th century Northern
Galerie Von Vertes - New 2019ZurichSwitzerland20th and 21st century paintings, works on paper and
N. VrouyrAntwerpBelgiumCarpets and textiles, restoration and
Victor WernerBrussels/AntwerpBelgiumEuropean painting, sculpture, furniture and works of art from 19th up to the 20th
Whitford Fine ArtLondonUK20th century painting, drawing and
Willow Gallery - New 2019LondonUKImpressionist and European

Guests of Honor 2019 – Gilbert & George

Partners in art and in life, Gilbert & George have been creating memorable, important work for the past few decades, spanning topics, genres and media. They became famous through their large-scale photographic pieces characterized by a particular color palette and aesthetics.

Gilbert & George will now be Guests of Honor at BRAFA 2019, for which the artists will present 5 recent works placed at various spots throughout the fair. They all come from big-scaled series such as the 2008 JACK FREAK PICTURES or the BEARD PICTURES from 2016.

Gilbert George - HANDBALL, 2008
Gilbert & George – HANDBALL, 2008. Image courtesy Gilbert & George, White Cube and Albert Baronian

The Brafa Art Talks 2019

As we are used to, every year at the fair there is the Brafa Art Talks cycle, offering daily lectures addressing a wide range of topics from the world of the arts.

In 2019, Pieter Bruegel the Elder will be the subject of two separate panel discussions (in Dutch and French); lecturer and art historian Christiane Struyven will talk about the criteria by which a piece is considered a major artwork, while a round table organized with the International Federation of Dealer Associations (CINOA) will tackle the art market.

Other topics include one Peggy Guggenheim, as well as the Soviet Art Deco.

2019 also marks the centenary of the Belgian Royal Chamber of Antiques and Art Dealers, which BRAFA will celebrate by hosting a prestigious exhibition of works from private collections of members of the Chamber. This exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of a book that will address different aspects of the art dealer’s trade, peppered with thousands of anecdotes collected and edited by the journalist Thijs Demeulemeester, and by a lecture as part of the cycle of Brafa Art Talks.

Save The Date – BRAFA Art Fair 2019

BRAFA 2019 – Practical Information

The 64th edition of BRAFA will take place at Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium, from January 26th to February 3rd, 2019. The Brafa Exclusive Viewing is scheduled for January 25 from 12pm to 10pm. Fair hours will be from 11am to 7pm. Ticket prices range from 25€ for the Day ticket, 10€ for 16-26 years old, 15€ for groups of ten or more people, while it is free for those under 16.

For more information, please visit the official website.

Location of BRAFA 2019 – Tour & Taxis Brussels

Featured images: BRAFA 2018, photos © A2pix – F. Blaise and E. Charneux; © Fabrice Debatty; © Emmanuel Crooy. All images courtesy BRAFA.