BRAFA 2023 will be hosted as a live exhibition between 29.01.2023 and 05.02.2023 at the Brussels Expo (Heysel). The event will be held in the absence of strict Covid-19 safety measures. This is due to the country removing its domestic coronavirus restrictions in the previous months because of the improved pandemic situation. Due to the same reason, the country at present does not have travel restrictions in place. Attendees will not be required to present upon arrival 3G entry documents such as negative test results.
BRAFA has been a key meeting point for the art world in Belgium ever since its birth almost 70 years ago. The annual art fair creates the necessary conditions for gallerists, collectors, and curators to meet, appraise, educate and buy art pieces. BRAFA takes place at Brussels Expo and showcases fine art, antiques, modern and contemporary art and design for eight days. Previously, the art fair opened the year in January, but now organisers have decided to move BRAFA to a slot in mid-June. BRAFA has always been a barometer for the art market. You can see trends form in how collectors and other buyers react from year to year. It’s important to note that every single piece at BRAFA has been appraised and verified.
BRAFA continues to expand its list of galleries to showcase the very best from art and antiques. The names you should definitely learn are Axel Vervoordt, N.Vrouyr, Thomas Deprez, MDZ Gallery, the QG Gallery and Galerie Kraemer. They contribute to the wide variety of art objects, which span human history since the Bronze Age. There are currently 20 categories at the art fair. These include classical archaeology, tribal art, pre-Colombian art, Asian art, jewellery, and silverware. They also feature coins, furniture, and art objects dating from the Middle Ages to today. Among them are old and modern paintings, contemporary art and design, sculpture, ceramics, contemporary glass and porcelain, carpets and textiles, drawings, original cartoons, engravings, rare books, photography, and autographs. The galleries come from Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and the USA.
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Each year, BRAFA invites a guest of honour. Sometimes this can be a respected art institution. Other times it’s a remarkable artist who has left their mark in the art world. In the upcoming edition, the Guest of Honour is Belgian-born Arne Quinze, who first broke into the art world with his graffiti work and has since moved to wooden constructions and other installations. Buyers and art lovers can get the most out of the rich assortment of artworks and antiques by taking part in one of the many Art Tours held during the fair. Another highlight is the line-up of BRAFA ART TALKS – a series of conversations and lectures on modern artists such as Keith Haring and historical periods.
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BRAFA 2022 took place between 19.06.2022 and 26.06.2022 at a new location – Brussels Expo. The restart edition, which took place in a face-to-face format, featured 115 galleries from 15 countries. Due to the improving pandemic situation, the event venue did not feature strict Covid-19 safety measures.