By Mark F. Moran
BRUSSELS, Belgium — With a new name and an infusion of new dealers, the 2009 Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair opened Jan. 23 with its usual flair, highlighted by some uniquely American iconography
Formerly called the “Foire des Antiquaires de Belgique,” now it’s known simply in the European trade as BRAFA. This is the sixth year that the 10-day event has been held in the Tour & Taxis buildings next to the heart of the city.
Amid the Flemish and Dutch old master paintings from the 15th to the 17th century, Oriental art and modern masters were images of John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and American Arts & Crafts furniture.
Grethe Zeberg, Chair of the board of BRAFA, talked about the name change.
“We had been thinking of changing the name of the fair for some years. Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair seemed the logical step forward in the development of the fair, and gives a better idea of its nature. It has gained both a strong international dimension and opened up to contemporary art. The name of the fair had to reflect these aspects. We therefore chose the English language, and added “Fine Arts.” Also, the English language catalog makes it easier to promote the Fair abroad.”
More to come.