Archaeology, painting, furniture, sculpture, tribal art, silverware, jewellery, design, contemporary art: all the multimillennial diversity of artistic creation is gathered together and offered to the curiosity of collectors and art lovers from the four corners of Europe and beyond. From 21 to 29 January in the artistic heart of Europe - in Brussels.
Citius, Altius, Fortius… This famous Olympic motto, devised by Pierre de Coubertin, could apply perfectly to Brafa as well, in its aspiration to surpass itself, offer the best it has and renew itself for each edition. To meet this challenge, 132 antiquarians and gallerists from 16 countries have responded to the organisers’ invitation to offer the most beautiful, rarest or most refined of their respective specialities. Archaeology, painting, furniture, sculpture, tribal art, silverware, jewellery, design, contemporary art: all the multimillennial diversity of artistic creation is gathered together and offered to the curiosity of collectors and art lovers from the four corners of Europe and beyond. From 21 to 29 January, the artistic heart beats in Brussels!
As the first international art fair of the year, Brafa traditionally opens the calendar of major artistic events. Hence it is no exaggeration to say that each edition is eagerly awaited both by collectors and gallerists keen to discover or exhibit the latest acquisitions, in a context that is increasingly competitive and where the quest for rarity is the rule when it comes to the most venerable objects.
The main distinguishing feature of Brafa lies in its eclecticism and in its great openness to all forms of art. It encourages a diversity of genres, the latter being reflected notably in a free arrangement of stands where all specialities are mixed together and intersect so as to create unexpected dialogues along the visitors’ itinerary. This arrangement is the deliberate choice of its organizers. Harold t’Kint de Roodenbeke, President of Brafa, notes: “In a sense, Brafa presents itself as a giant art lover’s cabinet, blending with panache the different types of art. Brafa adopts the vision of the collector, who today seeks synergy among the different eras and styles, welcomes their intersection, is open to all cultures, and tends toward a form of unity within diversity. Mixity is part of our daily experience, our current way of life, and so it is natural that it is also reflected in our artistic tastes and choices.”
HELENE BAILLY GALLERY. Bowl with goldfish, 1926. Jean Metzinger (Nantes 1883-1956 Paris). Oil on original canvas. 73 x 100 cm
GALERIE DE LA BÉRAUDIÈRE. PORTRAIT OF A SPANISH GIRL. Portrait of a Spanish girl. Kees Van Dongen (Delftshaven 1877 - 1968 Monaco). Gouache on paper. 48,5 x 41,5 cm
OPERA GALLERY. ELÉMENT BLEU XII, 1967. Elément bleu XII, 1967. Jean Dubuffet (Le Havre 1901-1985 Paris), best known for founding the art movement ‘Art Brut’. Transfer on polyester. H 200 x W 96 x D 10 cm
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BRAFA - Brussels Art Fair - 21→29.01.2017 Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86 C – 1000 Brussels
Image on top: BRAFA 2016 © EMMANUEL CROOŸ
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