58th edition Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair (BRAFA) starts 19th January

6 January 2013

One hundred and twenty-eight exhibitors from twelve countries, around twenty specialist areas spanning several millennia of artistic design, a decade of events at Tour & Taxis, new Byzantineinspired decor and the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie opera house as the guest of honour. BRAFA’13 has lined up a whole range of highlights and surprises for its 58th edition.

A record 46,000 visitors attended BRAFA in 2012.Its efforts are supported by one hundred and twenty-eight galleries, exhibiting thousands of works of art in every conceivable style and from all eras and origins, all united in their quest to present the very highest quality and authenticity. Once again, this classic fair will be using the diversity of its specialist areas, cross-over effects and an eclectic approach to catch the eye of the most discerning visitors.

BRAFA prides itself as being an ode to diversity, an invitation to explore and a showcase for the very diverse art world, encompassing the whole spectrum of artistic expression over the ages and across all continents. From classic and Pre-Columbian archaeology to contemporary art, antique, modern and contemporary paintings, furniture, sculptures and objets d’art from the “Haute Epoque” to the 20th century. Not forgetting silverware, antique jewellery, carpets and tapestries, antique and modern books, cartoons, curiosities, and of course primitive arts, an area for which Brussels remains major international centre.

While a subtle balance is still apparent between the different specialties, a few trends arecrystallizing for the 2013 event. Such as Archaeology, which has taken a great leap forward tobecome a major attraction in its own right, with nine specialist exhibitors including the galleries Phoenix Ancient Art (Geneva – New York), Harmakhis (Brussels) and David Ghezelbash (Paris). Pre-Columbian art follows, with the long-established exhibitor Galerie Mermoz (Paris) joined by a new arrival in the form of Galerie 1492 (Paris). Primitive arts are confirming their strong showing with no fewer than six exhibitors, including the gallery Alain de Monbrison (Paris) which will be joining its counterparts from Brussels (Didier Claes, Pierre Dartevelle, Serge Schoffel, Adrian Schlag) and Canada (Jacques Germain). Il Quadrifoglio (Milan) is set to swell the ranks of the 17th century – 1830 continental furniture section, while Galerie J. Zeberg (Antwerp) is preparing to make its comeback inthe Haute Epoque area. The 19th-20th century paintings, sculptures and drawings section will be welcoming Jörg Schuhmacher (Frankfurt) and Galerie des Modernes (Paris), while Galerie Tanakaya (Paris) will be strengthening the Asiatic Arts contingent. 20th century decorative arts – return of 88-Gallery (Antwerp – London – Paris) and arrival of Dansk Møbelkunst (Copenhagen) Galerie Pierre Mahaux (Brussels) – and modern and contemporary art – return of Manuel Barbié (Barcelona) – also remain very well represented.

Encouraged by the success of their joint showcase in 2012, the ceramics and porcelain specialists - Jean Lemaire, Artcade, Ikodinovic (Brussels) and Marc Michot (Bruges) – will once again be exhibiting under a shared banner: ‘Pavillon de la Céramique’. Finally, 2013 marks the debut appearance of a new specialist section, manuscripts. Admirers of this area of rapidly growing interest will find a wide selection of examples on the stand of the gallery Signatures (Paris), as well as those of the Chambre Professionnelle Belge de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne, Librairie Thomas-Scheler (Paris) and Sanderus Antiquariaat (Ghent), famous for its antique maps.

Brafa’13 from 19th to 27th January 2013 in Tour & Taxis Brussels.

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