The entrance has been redesigned by Amsterdam-based designer Tom Postma of TPD, who wanted to create the feel of entering a 'Palace of the Arts'. It will use different textured transparent and translucent materials lit by Pieter Huijgen, head of the lighting department at the Dutch National Opera.
Night Fishing is the slightly bizarre name of the new exhibition space for post-Modern and Contemporary art in which ten galleries will be invited to feature a single artist whose work makes concerted art historical references, so tying it into the objects that are exhibited throughout the fair, from ancient to modern.
This idea of encouraging people to reassess historical art through a contemporary lens, and vice versa, in the hope of a bit of the much-desired 'cross-collecting' has become increasingly in vogue over the past few years, for instance at Frieze Masters.
Curated by Sydney Picasso, an author and collector, the name is apparently based on both the ancient technique of fishermen using a lamp to attract fish at night and Picasso's 1939 painting, Night Fishing at Antibes - shedding light on the subject in order to hook the big-fish clients, perhaps?
Teylers Museum Exhibition
Next year's loan exhibition, held as usual in the TEFAF Paper section, is titled Teyler's Legacy and features 28 drawings from the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, the oldest museum in The Netherlands, founded by Pieter Teyler van der Hulst (1706-78), a cloth merchant and financier.
The drawings date from the Renaissance to the 21st century and feature works by Michelangelo, Rafael, Watteau and Rembrandt alongside contemporary pieces by artists including Marlene Dumas and Guiseppe Penon.
What motivates collectors and the interplay between private and public museums, particularly set against the rapid rise of the private museum in China, seems a popular subject for talks and panel discussions at the moment. The 2015 TEFAF Art Symposium takes on the theme of Private goes Public, a look at both private and institutional collections that will examine the impetus for individuals and companies to collect.
TEFAF Maastricht runs from March 13-22, 2015.