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BRAFA Presents Christo as their Guest of Honor in 2018!

  • View of Galerie Chenels booth © Emmanuel Crooy
  • BRAFA 2017
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December 12, 2017
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

One of the longest-running and most prestigious fairs in the world, BRAFA is the first major art event of the year, considered a reliable barometer of the art market.

Organized every year by the nonprofit Belgian Antiques Fair Association, it brings a record number of antiques, art and furniture galleries to Brussels, presenting an eclectic selection of rare pieces from all over the world.

Founded in 1956 on the initiative of Charles Van Hove and Mamy Wouters, the long-standing President and Vice-President of the Belgian Chamber of Antiques Dealers, BRAFA is now recognized worldwide as one of the leading international fairs in Europe, attracting more than 60,000 visitors.

Coming back for its 63rd edition to Tour & Taxis this January, BRAFA 2018 will bring together 134 galleries from 16 countries, covering 20 specialties and showing between 10,000 and 15,000 pieces. The exciting exhibition program will be accompanied by a comprehensive series of art talks.

In addition, the fair will welcome Christo, one of the most renowned and influential contemporary artists today, as a special guest of honor. Enhancing the genre of land art alongside his wife Jeanne-Claude, the duo is famous for creating large-scale installations that presented a different approach to the environment and raised our expectations of it. The fair will now present one of his historic works from the 1960s.

BRAFA 2018 Exhibitors

BRAFA 2018 Exhibitors

BRAFA 2018 will bring together 134 Belgian and international galleries and art dealers coming from 16 countries.

The visitors will have an opportunity to see a variety of specialties which cover the arts history from antiquity to the contemporary era from every possible origin and region, at the same time experiencing quality and eclecticism that the fair has been famous for.

The selection is made of a core of faithful galleries that have been present at the event for many years and the new international galleries that are joining their ranks.

Some of the returning galleries are Chamarande from Brussels, specializing in antique jewelry, Galerie Christian Deydier from Paris, showing Asian art, Dario Ghio from Monaco, with early gold and silverware, collectibles, and Gallery Tanakaya from Paris, with original prints, among others.

Among the major names that will participate this year for the first time are ArtAncient from London, dedicated to archaeology, and numismatics; Galeria Bernat from Madrid and Barcelona, bringing Haute Epoque; Galerie Chastel-Mar.chal from Paris, showcasing 20th-century decorative arts; Galerie Philippe David from Zurich, highlighting modern and contemporary art; Gladstone Gallery from Brussels, Galerie Maeght from Paris, presenting 20th-century paintings and sculptures; Guilhem Montagut Gallery from Barcelona, showcasing tribal art; Renaud Montméat from Paris with Asian art; Osborne Samuel Gallery from London, with Modern British Painting and Sculpture; Galerie de la Présidence from Paris, 20th-century masters and figurative painters of the 1950s; Galerie Ratton from Paris, with tribal art; Repetto Gallery from London, presenting Italian post-war art, Arte Povera, and Land Art; Galerie Schifferli from Geneva, 20th-century paintings and works on paper; and Theatrum Mundi from Arezzo, and their 21st-century cabinet of curiosities.

The Exhibitors List

New 2018NameCityCountrySpecialityEmailWebsite
Galerie ABParisFrancePaintings, drawings and sculptures from 1850 to the
Aktis GalleryLondonUK20th century paintings, drawings and sculptures
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
New 2018ArtAncientLondonUKAncient art, including numismatics and artworks of cultural and historical
Galerie Ary JanParisFranceLate 19th and early 20th century European
J. Bagot Arqueolog’a - Ancient ArtBarcelonaSpainAncient Art from Classical Greece and Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia and Pre-Columbian
Bailly GalleryGeneva/ParisSwitzerland/FranceModern and contemporary
Helene Bailly GalleryParisFranceImpressionist, modern and contemporary
Albert BaronianBrusselsBelgiumModern and contemporary
Jacques BarrreParisFranceChinese objects (sculpture, archaeology, ceramics and decorative art), and Japanese objects (sculpture and porcelain). Statuary art from Gandhara, India and South East
Belgian Fine Comic Strip GalleryRombachLuxemburg9th
Galerie de la BŽraudireBrusselsBelgiumMasters of the 19th and 20th centuriesgalerie@delaberaudiere.comÊ
Galerie BersParisFrance19th-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
New 2018Galeria BernatBarcelona/MadridSpainMedieval and Renaissance art from the 10th to the 16th
BERNIER/ELIADES GALLERYAthens/BrusselsGreece/BelgiumContemporary
Boon GalleryKnokke-ZouteBelgium20th century paintings, drawings and
Galerie Alexis BordesParisFrance17th - early 20th century drawings and
Bernard BouissetBŽziersFranceAntique and signed
Galerie BoulakiaParis/LondonFrance/United KingdomModern and contemporary
Brenske GalleryMunichGermanyAncient Russian and Greek Icons. Modern
Cabinet of Curiosities - Honourable Silver ObjectsAntwerpBelgium17th and 18th century curiosities and
Galerie Cento AnniBrussels/ParisBelgium/FranceArt Nouveau & Art Deco: French glasswork, furniture, lighting and
Return 2018ChamarandeBrusselsBelgiumAntiques, objets d'art and
Chambre Professionnelle Belge de la Librairie Ancienne et ModerneBrusselsBelgiumAncient and modern books -
New 2018Galerie Chastel-MarŽchalParisFrance20th century Decorative
Chiale Fine ArtRacconigiItalyContinental furniture, sculpture &
Didier ClaesBrusselsBelgiumTribal
CostermansBrusselsBelgium18th and 19th century European paintings and fine
Galerie CybeleParisFranceArchaeology from Ancient Egypt. Bookseller and publisher specializing in
Pierre DartevelleBrusselsBelgiumTribal art and
New 2018Galerie Philippe DavidZurichSwitzerlandModern and contemporary
De Backker Medieval ArtHoogstratenBelgiumMedieval
Patrick De Brock GalleryKnokkeBelgiumContemporary
Galerie Oscar De VosSint-Martens-LatemBelgiumPaintings of the Latem School, impressionism, expressionism 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
Return 2018Galerie Christian DeydierParisFranceThe ancient art of
DIE GALERIEFrankfurt am MainÊGermany20th century
Galerie EberweinParis/GšttingenFrance/GermanyArchaeology and
Xavier EeckhoutParisFranceAnimal sculpture from 1880 to
Epoque Fine JewelsKortrijkBelgiumFine period and antique jewellery including Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco
Jean-Baptiste FabreGenevaSwitzerland18th and 19th century French
Yann FerrandinParisFranceTribal
Finch & CoLondonUKAntiquities, ethnographica, natural history, sculpture and works of
Galerie FleuryParisFranceModern painting and
Futur AntŽrieurBrusselsBelgium20th century Decorative
Galerie des ModernesParisFranceModern
Galerie Jacques GermainMontrealCanadaTribal
Return 2018Dario GhioMonte-CarloMonacoAntique gold, silverware and
Galerie GilgameshParisFranceClassical and Middle Eastern
New 2018Gladstone 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 - WolinerBrusselsBelgiumAsiatic and Tribal Art Ð Archaeology, the Middle Ages and the
Galerie HarmakhisBrusselsBelgiumAncient Egyptian and classical
Philippe HeimParisFrance20th century paintings, drawings and
Marc HeiremansBrusselsBelgium20th century furniture, objects and Italian
Christophe HiocoParisFranceAsian
Huberty & Breyne GalleryBrussels/ParisBelgium/FranceOriginal comic art & Contemporary
Galerie HurtebizeCannesFrancePost-impressionist and modern
Il Quadrifoglio - Brun Fine ArtMilan/LondonItaly/UK18th century Italian
Galerie JamarAntwerpBelgiumModern and contemporary art: Panamarenko, Jef Geys, Guillaume Bijl, Marcel Broodthaers, LŽon Spilliaert, Alechinsky, Jan Fabre, Laurent Cruyt, James
Rodolphe JanssenBrusselsBelgiumContemporary
Dr. Rainer JungbauerStraubingGermanyEuropean
Harold t'Kint de RoodenbekeBrusselsBelgium19th and 20th century paintings, drawings and sculptures
Lancz GalleryBrusselsBelgium19th and 20th century paintings, drawings and
Frank LandauFrankfurt am MainÊGermanySelected Design Objects & Fine
Galerie Alexis LartigueParisFranceModern and contemporary
Galerie Bertrand de LavergneParisFrance16th-18th century Chinese porcelain and works of art, Chinese snuff
Galerie Le BeauBrusselsBelgium20th century decorative arts and
Jean LemaireBrusselsBelgiumAntique ceramics, earthenware,
New 2018Galerie MaeghtParisFrance20th century paintings and
Francis Maere Fine ArtsGhentBelgium19th and 20th century Belgian painting and
K‡lm‡n Makl‡ry Fine ArtsBudapestHungaryModern and contemporary
Galerie Martel-GreinerParisFrance20th century decorative art, sculpture and
Maruani Mercier GalleryBrussels/KnokkeBelgiumAmerican paintings, sculpture and photography from the
Galerie MathivetParisFrance20th century decorative
Meessen De ClercqBrusselsBelgiumContemporary
Galerie MermozParisFrancePre-Columbian art - tribal art from the Americas -
La MŽsangre, Albert VanderveldenLiegeBelgium17th-18th century European Furniture and silver especially from Belgium, 15th through 18th century paintings and
Galerie MonbrisonBrusselsBelgiumPrimitive Art from Africa and
New 2018Guilhem Montagut GalleryBarcelonaSpainTribal
Galerie MontaigneMonte-CarloMonacoAntique and signed
Galerie MontanariParisFrance16th-20th century
New 2018Renaud MontmŽatParisFranceAsian
Jan Muller AntiquesGhentBelgiumWorks of art and 16th-20th century
Klaas MullerBrusselsBelgium16th-18th century paintings, sculpture and
Opera GalleryGenevaSwitzerlandModern and contemporary
New 2018Osborne Samuel GalleryLondonUKModern British paintings and
La Patinoire Royale / Galerie ValŽrie BachBrusselsBelgiumFine 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
New 2018Galerie de la PrŽsidenceParisFranceMasters of the 20th century and figurative painters of the 1950'
Galerie GŸnter Puhze
New 2018Galerie RattonParisFranceTribal
New 2018Repetto GalleryLondonUKPostwar Italian Art (Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana and Fausto Melotti), Arte Povera, Land
RobertaebastaMilan/LondonItaly/UK20th century decorative arts and
Return 2018Galerie Thomas SalisSalzburgAustriaArt &
Sanderus AntiquariaatGhentBelgiumAncient and rare books, geographical maps and
New 2018Galerie 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
Svres - CitŽ de la CŽramiqueSvres/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 paintings, sculptures and drawings
Galerie TamŽnagaParis/Tokyo/OsakaFrance/JapanImpressionist, modern and contemporary
Return 2018Gallery TanakayaParisFranceJapanese
New 2018Theatrum MundiArezzoItaly21st century Cabinet of
Theunissen & de GhellinckBrusselsBelgiumFrench furniture and works of art from the 17th and 18th
Omer Tiroche GalleryLondonUKModern and contemporary
Galerie Patrice TriganoParisFranceModern paintings and drawings and contemporary
Univers du BronzeParisFrance19th, 20th and 21st century
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 dÕart dating from the 17th to the 20th century and
Galerie Florence de VoldreParisFranceOld masters 16th Ð 18th century Northern
N. VrouyrAntwerpBelgiumOriental carpets and textiles, restoration and
Victor WernerBrussels/AntwerpBelgiumEuropean painting, sculpture, furniture and works of art from 1800 to the mid-20th
Whitford Fine ArtLondonUK20th century painting, drawing and

Christo as the Guest of Honor of the Brussels Art Fair

Welcoming Christo as the guest of honor, BRAFA will present a piece titled Three Store Fronts from 1965-66, specially chosen for the fair by the artist.

First displayed at the municipal Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, the piece was later included in the exhibition Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Early Works, 1958-69 at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin in 2002. The largest work ever on show at BRAFA, it is more than 14m long and 2.5m tall.

The piece is part of the series of life-sized Show Windows and Store Fronts created after the duo emigrated to New York in 1964, recalling the gigantic dimensions of the city’s architecture. First Store Fronts were made out of architectural elements found in scrap heaps and the remnants of demolished buildings, draped with fabric or wrapping paper.

Initially created in the warm color tones with the charm of hand-craft, the design gave way to an industrial frigidity with cold and clinically polished metallic surfaces in 1965. Having elements that have been carried throughout the artists’ career, these pieces can be seen as forerunners of projects such as the Valley Curtain, the Running Fence or The Gates.

Christo will be the guest of honour at january BRAFA Fair events
Christo in his studio in front of The Mastaba project, Photo: Wolfgang Volz

BRAFA Art Talks 2018

The exhibition program will be accompanied by a comprehensive series of BRAFA Art Talks.

The program includes Angela Rosengart, a life devoted to art, a conversation with Roger-Pierre Turine, art critic for La Libre Belgique, Matisse and the northern painters by Dominique Szymusiak, Honorary Curator at the Matisse Museum of Cateau-Cambrésis, Discussion about the art market led by Amid Faljaoui, Director of the French-speaking magazines at Roularta and Léon Spilliaert, a captivating visionary by Anne Adriaens-Panier, an Honorary Curator at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Artistic Director of Het Spilliaert Huis, Ostende, among others.

The Location

Practical Information

BRAFA 2018 will take place at Tour & Taxis in Brussels from January 27th until February 4th, 2018.

The doors of the fair will be open from 11 am to 7 pm on every day except February 1st, when the fair will be open until 10 p.m.

The price of the Day Ticket will be 25€ (10€ 16-26 years old and free for younger than 16) and the price for Groups (≥ 10 people) will be 15€ per person, while the Combination Tickets will be 30€ (1 entry + catalogue) and 55€ (2 entries + 1 catalogue); the price for the Brafa Exclusive Viewing will be 60€.

For more information, visit the official website of the fair.

The Floor Plan

Sam Francis, 1975; a high quality piece at the fair
Sam Francis, 1975. Acrylic on paper; 58 x 82 cm; Signed; Provenance: Shaindy Fenton, Inc., Fort Worth; private collection USA; Harold T’Knit De Roodenbeke
in the news : Tom Wesselmann - Study for Bedroom Painting 40, 1977 at brafa fair
Tom Wesselmann – Study for Bedroom Painting #40, 1977. Oil on canvas; 21.5 x 27 cm; Signed and dated; This work is registered in the archives of the Tom Wesselmann Estate; Provenance: Sidney Janis Gallery, New York; private collection, Paris; Samuel Vanhoegarden Gallery
in the news : René Magritte - LOracle circa,1931
René Magritte – L’Oracle, circa 1931. Oil on canvas, 60 x 92 cm; Signed lower right; Provenance: private collection, Belgium; Isy Brachot Gallery, Brussels; Boon Gallery
Karel Appel - Tigerbird, 1952
Karel Appel – Tigerbird, 1952. Oil on canvas; 116 x 147 cm; Signed and dated lower right: K. Appel ’52; Provenance: Martha Jackson Gallery, New York; Galerie Cazeau-Béraudière, Paris; private collection, The Netherlands; private collection, Belgium
Jean Dubuffet - Site aléatoire avec 6 personnages, 1982
Jean Dubuffet – Site aléatoire avec 6 personnages, 1982. Acrylic and paper collage on paper laid down on canvas; 67 x 100 cm; Bailly Gallery
El Anatsui - Intimation, 2014
El Anatsui – Intimation, 2014. Aluminium and copper wire; Variable dimensions, circa 261 x 332 cm; Axel Vervoordt
Henry Moore - Reclining figure: Holes, 1975 at brafa fair
Henry Moore – Reclining figure: Holes, 1975. Bronze; Edition of 9; H 12.5 x W 23.3 x D 8 cm; Catalogue n° LH5/656; Provenance: the artist; Fischer Fine Art, Ltd; private collection, UK, June 1976; private collection, UK; Osborne Samuel Gallery
Francis Picabia - Léglise de Montigny effet dautomne, 1908, one of the leading pieces at brafa fair in jan
Francis Picabia – L’église de Montigny, effet d’automne, 1908. Oil on canvas; 65 x 81 cm; Provenance: private collection, Switzerland; private collection, Italy; Sotheby’s sale, New York, 1993; Galerie Philippe David

Featured images: View of Galerie Chenels booth © Emmanuel Crooy; BRAFA 2017. All images courtesy of BRAFA.