As one of the oldest and most prestigious art fairs in the world, BRAFA offers high quality fine art, antiques, design, modern and contemporary art, carpets, textiles, original cartoons, engravings, rare books… Founded in 1956, the event represents one of the leading ones of the year, with some 15,000 objects on view. In 2017, the fair will present a total of 132 leading galleries and is ready to welcome more than 58,000 visitors. Debuting in this edition is the domain name .ART as well, which aims to become the official domain of international art world professionals, primarily museums, foundations, organizations, fairs, galleries, dealers, collectors, artists, service providers, the media and others active in this area. Of course, in terms of programs and artworks on view, BRAFA will once again don a memorable event to Brussels’ Tour & Taxis.
The 62nd BRAFA promises another strong edition on a still uncertain art market. Apart from the confirmed participating galleries and the artworks on view and sale, the event will once again welcome a guest of honor. This year, a homage will be paid to Argentine artist Julio Le Parc, a pioneer of op art and kinetic art as the movements which will largely inspire the decoration of the event itself. His abundant work, in its many forms, imbued with a spirit of research and experimentation, explores the visual field, movement, light, and the relationship between the work and the viewer. Another distinguished guest is the Roi Baudouin Foundation, which will schedule daily conferences as part of the 30th anniversary of its heritage fund, titled Brafa Art Talks. In order to highlight and particularly try to entice foreign guests, a veritable VIP programme has been established, offering around twenty exclusive guided tours of various sites in the capital.
A total of 132 international galleries and original art dealers from 16 countries will join the 2017 BRAFA, including 13 new names. Among them, there will be spaces offering 20th century decorative art and design (Galerie Anne Autegarden), original plates by Hergé (Belgian Fine Comic Strip Gallery), tribal art (Bernard de Grunne Tribal Fine Arts), European furniture and Belgian silverware from the 17th and 18th century (La Mésangère) and contemporary art (Bernier/Eliades, Omer Tiroche, Patrick De Brock). Through an extensive collection of works at larger booth spaces, the event will cover more than four millennia of history from across the continents. Also on view, we can find archaeology items, jewellery porcelain, clocks, objets d'art, glassware, antique frames…
BRAFA 2017 will be held from January 21st through 29th, 2017 at Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium. Opening hours will be from 11am to 7pm daily, with a late opening on January 26th, until 10pm. Ticket prices range from 25€ for the day ticket, 10€ for people 16-26 years old and groups of 10 and more, to 60€ for the exclusive viewing. Entrance is free for people under 16. For more information, please visit the official website.
Featured images: BRAFA 2016 © Emmanuel Crooÿ.