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All Aboard BRAFA 2020! Here's What Not To Miss in the 65th Edition

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December 18, 2019
Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and Editor-in-Chief.

In 2019, a record number of 66,000 people visited the BRAFA Art Fair in Brussels. No wonder there, given the quality of artworks on view, ranging across twenty art disciplines and a variety of media. There is also the famously rigorous selection process that the participating galleries have to go through in order to show their work within the Tour & Taxis venue.

But when all is set and done, the 65th edition of BRAFA will once again open its doors to an entire world of art, offering a unique overview of its history. A place for international exchange, the fair will present the esteemed exhibitors and provide the visitors with an array of not-to-miss art talks program, as well as a special beneficiary event dedicated to the Berlin Wall.

Here is our guide to BRAFA 2020!

BRAFA Art Fair 2020

Participating Galleries

Initially a gathering of Belgian art dealers and specializing in “old” art mostly, BRAFA has grown into a proper cosmopolitan event focusing on current trends as well. In 2020, of the 133 participants the fair will welcome 50 Belgian galleries as opposed to 83 international ones, coming from France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands…

Maintaining its balance of stability and novelty, BRAFA 2020 will present eight new galleries, while ten others will return to the fair after one or more years of absence. Just under half of the newcomers specialize in ancient art, including classical archaeology, old masters, furniture and artefacts, testifying to BRAFA’s commitment to its roots and its important role on this market.

The fair will also keep up its dedication to modern and contemporary art, through booths of galleries such as Cortesi Gallery (Lugano/Milan/London), Opera Gallery (Geneva), as well as Baronian Xippas (Brussels), Boulakia (London/Paris), Patrick De Brock Gallery (Knokke-Heist), Gladstone Gallery (New York/Brussels), Kálmán Makláry Fine Arts (Budapest), Maruani Mercier (Brussels/Knokke-Heist), Guy Pieters Gallery (Knokke-Heist), and Omer Tiroche Gallery (London) among the regulars.

BRAFA 2020 Exhibitors

Exhibitors BRAFA 2020CityCountrySpecialityEmailWebsite
David AaronLondonUKAncient Egyptian, Near Eastern, Classical and Islamic works of
Galerie ABParisFrancePaintings, drawings and sculpture from 1830 to the
Antiquarium ltd. Fine Ancient ArtsNew
Paolo AntonacciRomaItaly18th-20th centuries European
W. Apolloni AntichitàRomaItaly17th-19th -century antiques, furniture and paintings
d'Arschot & CieBrusselsBelgiumEuropean antique silverware dating from the 16th to the 18th
Art et Patrimoine - Laurence LenneAthBelgium16th, 17th and 18th centuries earthenware, porcelain and works of
ArtAncientLondonUKAncient art, including numismatics and artworks of cultural and historical
Galerie Ary JanParisFranceLate 19th and early 20th centuries European
Bailly GalleryGenevaSwitzerlandModern and contemporary
Helene Bailly GalleryParisFranceImpressionist, modern and contemporary
Baronian XippasBrusselsBelgiumModern and contemporary
Galerie de la BéraudièreBrusselsBelgiumMasters of the 19th and 20th
Galerie BerèsParisFrance19th-21th -century paintings, drawings and sculptures
Galerie BergerBeauneFrance17th and 18th centuries furniture and works of
Berko Fine PaintingsKnokke-HeistBelgium19th and early 20th centuries European paintings, art books and special
Galerie Claude BernardParisFranceModern and contemporary
BERNIER/ELIADES GALLERYAthens/BrusselsGreece/BelgiumContemporary
Boon GalleryKnokke-ZouteBelgiumImpressionist, modern and contemporrary
Galerie Alexis BordesParisFrance17th-early 20th -century drawings and
Bernard BouissetBéziersFranceAntique and signed
BoulakiaLondonUK19th-20th -century and contemporary European
Brame & LorenceauParisFranceImpressionist, modern and contemporary
Bruil & Brandsma Works of ArtAmsterdamThe Netherlands14th-18th -century
Brun Fine ArtMilan/LondonItaly/UK18th century Italian
Cabinet of Curiosities - Honourable Silver ObjectsAntwerpBelgium17th-18th -century curiosities and
Callisto Fine artsLondonUKEuropean sculptures and works of
Galerie Jean-François CazeauParisFranceModern
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
CLEARINGNew York/BrusselsUSA/BelgiumModern and Contemporary
Cortesi GalleryLondon/Milan/LuganoUK/Italy/SwitzerlandEuropean Post-War
CostermansBrusselsBelgium16th-19th -century European paintings and fine
Galerie CybeleParisFranceArchaeology from Ancient Egypt. Bookseller and publisher specializing in
Pierre DartevelleBrusselsBelgiumTribal art and
Patrick De Brock GalleryKnokke-HeistBelgiumContemporary
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
Gallery DesmetBrusselsBelgiumClassical sculpture and works of
Galerie Christian DeydierParisFranceAncient arts of
DIE GALERIEFrankfurt am Main Germany20th century
Douwes Fine ArtAmsterdamThe NetherlandsOld
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
Gladstone GalleryNew York/BrusselsUSA/BelgiumContemporary
Gokelaere & RobinsonBrussels/Knokke-HeistBelgium20th century
Galerie Grand-Rue Marie-Laure RondeauGenevaSwitzerlandWatercolours, gouaches, prints and drawings from the 18th and 19th
Grusenmeyer - WolinerBrusselsBelgiumAsian and Tribal Art – Archaeology, the Middle Ages and the
Philippe HeimParisFrance20th century painting, drawing and
Marc HeiremansAntwerpBelgium20th century furniture, objects and Italian
Heritage GalleryMoscowRussiaRussian modern art and Soviet
Christophe HiocoParisFranceAsian
Charles-Wesley HourdéParisFranceAfrican, Oceanic and pre-Columbian
Huberty & Breyne GalleryBrussels/ParisBelgium/FranceOriginal comic art & contemporary
Galerie HurtebizeCannesFrancePost-impressionist and modern
Galerie L'IbisMarrakechMorrocoEgyptian 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
Francis Janssens van der MaelenBrusselsBelgiumAntique and modern
De JonckheereGenevaSwitzerlandOld Masters and modern
Harold t'Kint de RoodenbekeBrusselsBelgium19th-20th -century painting, sculpture and works on
Lancz GalleryBrusselsBelgium19th-20th -century paintings, drawings and
Galerie Alexis LartigueParisFranceModern and contemporary
Galerie Bertrand de LavergneParisFrance16th-18th -century Chinese porcelain and works of art, Chinese snuff
Jean LemaireBrusselsBelgiumAntique ceramics, earthenware,
Galerie MaeghtParisFranceModern and contemporary
Francis Maere Fine ArtsGhentBelgium19th-20th -century Belgian painting and
Kálmán Makláry Fine ArtsBudapestHungaryModern and contemporary
Galerie Martel-GreinerParisFrance20th century decorative arts, sculpture and
MARUANI MERCIERBrussels/Knokke-HeistBelgiumAmerican paintings, sculpture and photography from the
Galerie MathivetParisFrance20th century decorative
Meessen De ClercqBrusselsBelgiumContemporary
Montagut GalleryBarcelonaSpainTribal
Galerie MontanariParisFrance16th-20th -century
Sandro MorelliFlorenceItalyHaute
MorentzWaalwijkThe Netherlands20th century
Jan Muller AntiquesGhentBelgium16th-20th -century paintings and works of
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-20th -century
Guy Pieters GalleryKnokke-HeistBelgiumModern 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 RapinParisFrance20th-21st -century, contemporary art and design
Repetto GalleryLondonUKPostwar Italian Art (Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana and Fausto Melotti), Arte Povera, Land
Röbbig MünchenMunichGermanyEarly Meissen and German porcelain, 18th century furniture, paintings and
RobertaebastaMilan/LondonItaly/UK20th century decorative arts and
Rosenberg & CO.New YorkUSAImpressionist, Modern and Contemporary Fine
Rueb Modern & Contemporary artAmsterdamThe NederlandsModern & Contemporary
Galerie SchifferliGenevaSwitzerlandModern paintings, works on paper and
Adrian Schlag - Tribal Classic ArtBrusselsBelgiumTribal
Serge Schoffel - Art PremierBrusselsBelgiumPrimitive
Galerie Schoffel de FabryParisFranceAfrica, Oceania, North America and South East
Clara Scremini GalleryParisFranceContemporary glass and
Herwig SimonsBrusselsBelgiumAntique and modern works of
Dalton SomaréMilanItalyTribal
STEINITZParisFranceGilt and carved woodwork and panelling, 17th and 18th century furniture and works of art, antique
Stern Pissarro GalleryLondonUKLate 19th and 20th centuries European
Simon Studer Art AssociésGenevaSwitzerlandImpressionist, modern and contemporary
Studio 2000 Art GalleryBlaricumThe Netherlands20th century Dutch
Galerie TaménagaParis/Tokyo/OsakaFrance/JapanImpressionist, modern and contemporary
Tanakaya GalleryParisFranceJapanese
Theatrum MundiArezzoItaly21st century
Theunissen & de GhellinckBrusselsBelgiumFrench furniture and works of art from the 17th and 18th
Omer Tiroche GalleryLondonUKModern and contemporary
M.F. Toninelli Art ModerneMonte-CarloMonacoModern
Galerie Patrice TriganoParisFranceModern paintings, drawings and contemporary
Univers du BronzeParisFrance19th, 20th and 21st centuries
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 VertesZurichSwitzerland20th and 21st century paintings, works on paper and
N. VrouyrAntwerpBelgiumCarpets and textiles, restoration and
Victor WernerAntwerpBelgiumEuropean painting, sculpture, furniture and works of art from 19th up to the 20th
Whitford Fine ArtLondonUK20th century paintings, drawings and
Willow GalleryLondonUKImpressionist and European

The Art Talks

As every year, the fair will offer its audience a series of Art Talks, held by important figures in the world of the arts such as museum curators, art market experts and collectors.

In the 2020 edition, BRAFA offers a talk dedicated to Keith Haring, on the occasion of the extensive retrospective at BOZAR; curators Darren Pih and Alberta Sessa will be joining. To honor the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, Cultural Heritage Curator at the Musée Condé, Domaine de Chantilly Mathieu Deldicque will discuss the largest private collection of works by the iconic artist. Guy Sainthill, a restorer and gilder, will introduce us to the history of frames and frame-making, while collectors and art market specialists, led by Eric Helemeers (Managing Director at Eeckman Art & Insurance) will talk about whether structuring a collection is necessary.

Other talks include conversations with Robert Wilson, a playwright, artist and collector; Britt Claes and Alexandra Van Puyvelde, curators of the Crossroads. Traveling Through The Middle Ages exhibition; and Till-Holger Borchert, Director of the Musea Brugge and co-curator of the Van Eyck. An Optical Revolution show.

The BRAFA Art Talks will take place daily in the BRAFA Lounge at 4 pm, except on Monday 27 January, when they will be held at 3 pm.

BRAFA 2020 Patrick De Brock Gallery - Imi Knoebel
Patrick De Brock Gallery – Imi Knoebel

The Berlin Wall Charity Auction

In celebration of its 65 years, BRAFA will also organize a very special event in 2020, instead of bringing a guest of honor in form of a person or an institution.

Joining next year are five original segments of the Berlin Wall, which will be put up for a charity auction and accompanied by an exclusive exhibition. Acquired in 2018 from the Hinterlandmauer, the 68-km “inner wall” that blocked off the border strip to East Berlin, these pieces were dismantled by the armed forces of East Germany during the demolition works following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Each piece is 3.8 meters tall and 1.2 meters wide, weighing 3.6 tons each and features graffiti on both sides.

The proceeds of the sale will be divided among five associations and museums in the areas of cancer research, the social integration of people with disabilities, and the preservation of art heritage.

BRAFA 2020 Berlin Wall
The five segments of the Berlin Wall that will be auctioned off at BRAFA 2020 – © Raf Michiels

BRAFA Art Fair Brussels 2020 – Practical Information

BRAFA will take place at Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium from January 26 until February 2, 2020.

The fair will be open every day from 11 am to 7 pm (10 pm on Thursday, January 30). Ticket prices range from 25€ for the Day Ticket and 15€ per person for the Group Ticket, to 10€ for people from 16 to 26 years of age. Entrance is free for persons under 16.

To see the floor plan, click here. For more information, please visit the official website.

BRAFA 2020 Omer Tiroche Gallery- Zao Wou-Ki - 10.04.70
Omer Tiroche Gallery- Zao Wou-Ki – 10.04.70
BRAFA 2020 Left Baronian Xippas - Stanley Whitney - Parisian Blue Right Boon Gallery - Sam Francis - Abstract Composition
Left: Baronian Xippas – Stanley Whitney – Parisian Blue / Right: Boon Gallery – Sam Francis – Abstract Composition
BRAFA 2020 Jan Muller Antiques - Jan Bruegel
Jan Muller Antiques – Jan Bruegel
BRAFA 2020 Left Adrian Schlag - Baule Mask Right Stern Pissarro Gallery - Léopold Survage - Ville
Left: Adrian Schlag – Baule Mask / Right: Stern Pissarro Gallery – Léopold Survage – Ville
BRAFA 2020 Gokelaere Robinson Alvar Aalto
Gokelaere Robinson Alvar Aalto
BRAFA 2020 Galerie de la Béraudière - Keith Haring - Mickey Mouse
Galerie de la Béraudière – Keith Haring – Mickey Mouse
BRAFA 2020 Chiale Fine Art - Maestro of Magione alias Romano Alberti called il Nero
Chiale Fine Art – Maestro of Magione alias Romano Alberti called il Nero

Featured images: BRAFA 2019 General Views, © Fabrice Debatty © Emmanuel Crooÿ; Stands by Galerie LeBeau Gokelaere; Francis Maere Fine Arts; Phoenix Ancient Art; Galerie Schifferli; and Meessen De Clercq © Emmanuel Crooÿ. All images courtesy BRAFA.