BRAFA

BRAFA is a long-running art and antiques fair held annually in Brussels, Belgium dating back to 1956.

Organised by the Belgian Antiques Fair Association, it takes place in January at the former industrial complex Tour & Taxis. Traditionally the event kicks off the new year's fairs calendar in Europe.


Neolithic stone axe heads

What can BRAFA fair offer for the entry-level collector?

30 January 2019

Big international art fairs are inevitably a showcase for the exhibitors’ showstoppers. At one level, these key pieces highlight the galleries’ specialities and rare finds that they have been saving up for the occasion.

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BRAFA: the Brussels art and antiques fair that ranges far and wide

21 January 2019

One of the attractions of BRAFA, the Brussels art and antiques fair which is traditionally a new-year opener in continental Europe, is its breadth. This is not a specialist event: it concentrates on quality across a range of disciplines.

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Gallery Desmet at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Among the numerous dealers at BRAFA showing early works of art is Brussels’ Gallery Desmet, which specialises in sculpture and objects ranging from Antiquity to the Grand Tour.

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Whitford Fine Art at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Whitford Fine Art from London is a long-standing BRAFA stalwart (understandably given that the gallery’s core stock is work by 20th century Belgian and international artists).

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Didier Claes at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

With so many tribal art galleries concentrated in Brussels it is no surprise to find 10 specialists in the field showing at BRAFA, six of them from the Belgian capital.

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Xavier Eeckhout at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Another returning BRAFA exhibitor is the Paris dealer Xavier Eckhout, who specialises in animalier sculpture from 1880- 1950.

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Finch & Co at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Finch & Co from London has been showing at BRAFA for 12 years. “We regard it as one of the most successful and well-organised art and antique events in Europe,” notes the firm’s Jan Finch.

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Beyond BRAFA 2019: more art and antiques events to attend in Brussels

21 January 2019

BRAFA is a big draw for the visitor in late January but as well as enjoying all that Brussels has to offer in general cultural terms there are other art and antiques-related events on at the same time.

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Sixteen new exhibitors and a guest appearance from Gilbert & George at BRAFA 2019

04 January 2019

The 64th edition of Brussels’ BRAFA Art Fair will feature 133 dealers and galleries from 16 different countries.

Victoria and Albert Museum wall hanging

V&A Museum buys large embroidery made for Louis XIV’s mistress at Brussels fair

03 April 2018

The Victoria & Albert Museum has purchased a rare 17th century wall hanging from the Belgian restorer and weaver De Wit Fine Tapestries.

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Rembrandt Bugatti model of a puma among early sales at Brussels art fair BRAFA

02 February 2018

The BRAFA art fair is holding its latest staging at the Tour & Taxis exhibition centre in Brussels with a number of the exhibitors making good sales at the private view.

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BRAFA fronts up with 130 exhibitors and a high-profile guest

15 January 2018

Brussels gears up for its major art and antiques fair this month with the latest edition of BRAFA.

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Antiquities at BRAFA 2018

15 January 2018

Antiquities is one of BRAFA’s strong suits in terms of exhibitor volume. Around 10 specialists in this field are standing, plus a number of others that mix antiquities with, for example, Asian art.

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Impressionist, modern and contemporary art at BRAFA 2018

15 January 2018

The picture dealer element of BRAFA is substantial, but increasingly these days the emphasis is on works from the 19th century onwards, be they Impressionist and modern or post-war and contemporary art.

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Early works of art at BRAFA 2018

15 January 2018

BRAFA has long been a fair with a speciality in early (medieval and Renaissance) works of art, which is something that dates back to the years when it was a Belgian National fair in the city centre. It thus serves a venerable collecting tradition drawing in buyers from the local area and further afield.

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Tribal Art at BRAFA 2018

15 January 2018

Tribal art has long been a Belgian speciality due to the country’s colonial history in Africa. So it is not surprising to see this area well represented at BRAFA, with around a dozen participants in this field hailing from Paris, Brussels and as far away as Montreal.

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Curiosities at BRAFA 2018

15 January 2018

Some of the works on offer at BRAFA are simply too quirky to fit into any time-honoured collecting category, but they are often responsible for creating an eyecatching draw to a particular stand.

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Collaborations and cross-cultural displays at Winter Bruneaf

15 January 2018

While BRAFA understandably dominates much of the cultural headlines during this period, it is not the only show in town.

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Five favourites: ATG's top picks from around the BRAFA Art Fair

21 January 2017

Anne Crane selects five works which caught her eye at the BRAFA Fine Art fair which is on until January 29 at the Tour & Taxis in Brussels.

London dealers Finch and Co stand at BRAFA

Dealers gear up for BRAFA art fair in Brussels

11 January 2017

Over 130 dealers will start setting out their stands next week as the BRAFA art fair, Belgium’s premier art and antiques show, opens in Brussels on January 21.

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