One of the leading European art and antiques fairs, BRAFA or Brussels Art Fair returns for its 61st edition, with an extended line-up of participating galleries. In a remarkable sale of artworks chosen for their quality and authenticity, the event will present items from antiquity to the 21st century, archaeological objects, vintage collections, old master and modern painting, contemporary art, sculpture, tapestry, carpets, drawings, antique and modern books, photography and much, much more. The 2016 fair will feature as many as 137 internationally renowned art spaces and a number of dedicated sections they’re divided in. To accompany it all there will be a series of BRAFA art talks, led by many museum directors, collectors, conservators and experts. In addition to this, under the auspices of BRAFA’s guest of honour Ghent Floralies, the glass ceilings of the Tour & Taxis venue will be turned into a greenhouse, featuring various eras and artistic styles and contributing to the unique flair of the Brussels Art Fair.
The 2016 BRAFA Brussels Art Fair will see a number of emerging trends, but also established sectors with renowned exhibitors. The archaeology section welcomes two new galleries, Günter Puhze and the American Safani Gallery, one of the oldest US art spaces that will exhibit a few of its rare Roman and Near Eastern objects. First-time participant, Deletaille, will show a Lord Maya, a terracotta from Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, dating from AD 300-500. In the Old Master painting sector, make sure you visit De Jonckheere to find Flemish painters and more recent artists, such as René Magritte. Dealer Serge Schoffel will gather a series of exceptional objects from the age-old artistic traditions of Africa, Oceania and America, such as an extremely rare 19th century Grebo mask or a Maori sculpture of a Manaia at the tribal arts section. To explore and unite different styles and eras, there will be eclecticism, where visitors and collectors can find pioneers like Axel Vervoordt and promising debutants like Dierking, Frank Landau and Thomas Salis. Widely represented at Brussels Art Fair, Ancient art will also feature a large area dedicated to medieval and Renaissance art.
When at Brussels Art Fair, make sure you don’t miss their daily lectures cycle better known as BRAFA Art Talks. In 2016, the visitors can learn more about topics such as the collections and masterpieces of the prestigious Ethnographic Museum of Geneva, or the Egyptian Museum of Turin, as well as their preservation; carbon 14 dating techniques; the most valuable ancient coins (which are actually kept in Brussels) and, of course, investing in art and the ways to build an art collection. Those interested in Japanese art can attend the talk on Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and fans of Great Masters can see their drawings from a rich Belgian private collection.
BRAFA, Brussels Art Fair 2016, will take place between January 23rd and 31st at the venue of Tour & Taxis in Brussels, Belgium. The fair hours are from 11am to 7pm every day, on January 28th until 10pm. Ticket prices range from 20€ for the regular ticket to 10€ for students between 16 and 26 and groups of minimum ten people. The catalogue is available for 10€. For more information, visit the official website.
Images in slider: BRAFA Brussels Art Fair 2015. Photo Emmanuel Crooy. All images courtesy of BRAFA.