TEFAF: The biggest fair on global level where you can buy Museum Quality

By Etienne Verbist - Saturday, March 11, 2017
TEFAF: The biggest fair on global level where you can buy Museum Quality

TEFAF Maastricht is a meeting point for more than 270 leading art and antiques dealers from 20 countries and some 73,000 private and professional collectors and other art lovers from all over the world. Alongside the traditional areas of Old Master paintings, antiques and classical antiquities that cover approximately half of the fair, there is also modern and contemporary art, photographs, jewellery, 20th century design and works on paper.

TEFAF: The biggest fair on global level where you can buy Museum Quality

TEFAF Maastricht is a meeting point for more than 270 leading art and antiques dealers from 20 countries and some 73,000 private and professional collectors and other art lovers from all over the world. It is a must visit for every serious museum director and curator who wants to be kept up to date and values the ample networking possibilities at the Fair. Alongside the traditional areas of Old Master paintings, antiques and classical antiquities that cover approximately half of the fair, there is also modern and contemporary art, photographs, jewellery, 20th century design and works on paper.

This year edition of TEFAF Maastricht will run from March 10-19, 2017 at MECC Maastricht, Forum 100, 6229 GV Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Here are some highlights from upcoming TEFAF Maastricht:

Los Proverbios, by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828). Emanuel von Baeyer Gallery

Maurice Estève Exhibition o An exceptional collection of 18 emblematic works from 1939 to 1988, not seen on the market for over 20 years. David Lévy Gallery

Kamisuki (Combing her hair), by Torii Kotondo (1900-1976). Galerie Tanakaya


Fernand Léger (Argentan 1881-1955 Gif-sur-Yvette), La Feuille Jaune (La Toupie). Hammer Galleries

Gerhard Richter (Dresden, 1932). Abstraktes Bild de 1992. Maruani Mercier Gallery


Ilya Kabakov ( Dnipro, 1933), Quotations #2. Sprovieri Gallery.

Julio Le Parc (Argentina, 1928), Mobile rouge. Galeria Sur

Giorgio Morandi (1890-Bologna-1964), Natura Morta. Robilant+Voena, London-Milan-St Moritz

Paul Gauguin (Paris 1848-1903 Atuona). Jeune tahitienne assise. Thomas Gibson Fine Art


Man Ray (Philadelphia 1890-1976 Paris). Marcel Herrand, dancer. Galerie Johannes Faber

The third edition of TEFAF Curated is led by Penelope Curtis, director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon. The section will host a selected group of galleries each exhibiting works by contemporary artists on the theme of the reclining or recumbent figure. Under this unifying theme, Curtis aims to reflect on periods from the Antique to the present, enabling links to be made with works of different eras thus underlining the unparalleled depth and range of TEFAF Maastricht.

TEFAF 2017 Curated © Harry Heuts

TEFAF 2017 Curated © Harry Heuts

Recently TEFAF has also unveiled The TEFAF Art Market Report 2017, which was prepared in partnership with the Maastricht Centre of Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage (MACCH) at Maastricht University. Among the major key findings it stated that the total sales in 2016 were $45 billion dollars, up 1.7% on 2015; the sales were moving away from auction houses to the private sector, both to private sales by auction houses and to dealers. In 2016 public auction sales of works of art, high-end Jewellery and decorative arts reached $16.9 billion globally, down from $20.8 billion in 2015.

This year, the loan exhibition at TEFAF Maastricht, housed in TEFAF Paper, comes from the renowned Italian museum Galleria Borghese in Rome. Treasures to be exhibited in the exhibition ‘Galleria Borghese – An Italian Legacy’ include a selection of highly significant Italian paintings and sculptures from the 15th-, 16th- and 17th- centuries. This will be the first time that so many important works will be exhibited outside of the Galleria in Rome.

Photo: © Candida Höfer / VG Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy TEFAF, source TEFAF

Among the highlights to be exhibited are a large canvas by the Neapolitan painter, Giovanni Battista [Battistello] Caracciolo (c. 1578-1635) depicting David holding the head of Goliath, which shows the faces of the victim and his executioner emerging dramatically from a dark background. Caracciolo was heavily influenced both by Caravaggio and then later, after he had moved to Rome, by the Emilian school; a recently restored painting Melissa or The Sorceress Circe (dating from around 1522) by Dosso Dossi [Giovanni di Luteri] (c. 1486 – 1542); a selection of paintings by Pietro da Cortona (c. 1596-1669), including the 1626 portrait of Marcello Sacchetti. Standing 140cm high, La Zingarella or Gypsy Girl, was commissioned by Scipione Borghese and executed by Nicolas Cordier [Franciosino] (1567-1612) c. 1610. Capra Amaltea or The Amalthea Goat by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) and Il Sonno or The Sleep by Alessandro Algardi (1598-1654).

Etienne Verbist is an authority in the field of crowd sourcing, disruptive business modelling and disruptive art. After a well filled career with companies such as GE, Etienne was an early adopter of crowd sourcing. Etienne is manager Europe and Africa for Crowd Sourcing Week, a board advisor to a broad range of companies on innovation and new technology, curator of the Disruptive Art Museum – the smallest museum in the world – and columnist for ArtDependence Magazine.

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