BRAFA, Europe’s second-largest antiques and fine arts fair, gets underway this week

The 54th Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair (BRAFA), Belgium’s
oldest and most important antiques fair, will take place from Jan.
23-Feb. 1, 2009, at the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels, Belgium.

BRAFA catalog image.jpgBrussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair (BRAFA), a major antique and
arts fair taking place in the heart of Europe, has become a benchmark
event for European art markets with some 40,000 visitors expected to
attend, ranging from museum curators to collectors and lovers of art.

Some 130 exhibitors, 50 percent Belgian and 50 percent international,
will share 130,000 square feet in Tour & Taxis Building A. Special
care is paid to the quality and authenticity of the works on display,
which undergo strict selection procedures by an independent board of
museum curators and international experts not participating in the
fair. It is this insistence on the exceptional quality of the exhibits
that has enabled the fair to flourish internationally since its move to
the Tour & Taxis site in 2004.

For the first time in the history of BRAFA, two galleries from the
United States (Tony Anninos – Asian Arts, San Francisco and Sophie
Scheidecker – Fine Art, 19th and 20th century and contemporary
paintings and drawings, New York) will be taking part in the fair.

Beyond BRAFA, antique lovers can enjoy the eclectic antique market
every Saturday and Sunday on the Place du Grand Sablon. But that is not
all! Brussels, Belgium, offers sophisticated simplicity and welcomes
visitors with 85 museums; the famous Grand’ Place where hanging out is
a must; renowned architecture and art nouveau; gastronomy and
world-class beer and chocolate – Brussels is where fun is always in
fashion!

Discover the many beautiful castles and cities of French-speaking Belgium such as Namur, a romantic city on the River Meuse at www.namur.be. For information on other cities in the region visit www.opt.be.

Our own Mark Moran, who wrote the above piece, will be attending the BRAFA and keeping us current with the goings-on at this important and exciting event.

Stay tuned!

Click here for Mark Moran’s review of the 2008 BRAFA fair, “High style in the low country.”

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