Art and Antiques
Asbl Foire des Antiquaires de Belgique
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Update for BRAFA
BRAFA's 2022 rendition will be hosted at the Brussels Expo between the dates of 19.06.2022 to 26.06.2022. The live art exhibition will feature the latest Covid-19 safety measures. This will include the indoor spaces of the venue being subjected to regular disinfections through UVC lighting. Participants should note that due to the current travel restrictions they will have to show their 3G entry documents such as negative test results upon arrival in the country.
BRAFA, otherwise known as the Brussels Art Fair, has been successfully running since 1956 and has joined the ranks of the longest-running art and antiques fairs. Its continual growth over its near 70 years proves the strength of its reputation as the top art market in the world. The art fair has many goals – promote global art, educate the public about art as well as serve as a marketplace for fine art, antiques, modern and contemporary art. BRAFA is the barometer of the art market and tells curators and gallerists about changes in tastes and attitudes. Overall, there are 20 specialties at the art fair. Here is a short excerpt - classical archaeology, tribal art, pre-Colombian art, Asian art, jewellery, silverware, coins, furniture and art objects dating from the Middle Ages to today, and old and modern paintings.
BRAFA Art Fair is an annual art and antiques fair, which arrives every year in late January in Brussels, Belgium. Recently, the Belgian Antiques Fair Association has changed the season of the event – now BRAFA will run over the course of eight days at the Brussels Expo in mid-June. The art fair is open to members of the art world as well as the general public. Work hours are set for 11:00 am until 07:00 pm with the only exception being Thursday, the fifth day, which will end at 10:00 pm. Brussels Expo is one of the most modern exhibition centres in Europe and has a terrific location in Brussels. You can reach it in 15 minutes from the city centre and there are regular public transport connections from the North and Central train stations. Brussels airport sits just under half an hour away from the exhibition centre.
What You Can Expect as an Exhibitor
- The reason BRAFA continues to succeed is the fact that organisers perform a rigorous and extensive selection process. All objects have to be verified by an international committee of experts before they can be displayed in the first place. This creates a level of trust with art buyers.
- You come face to face with over 5000 years of history. Diversity is one of the key concepts of the art fair. You don’t only get to see contemporary and modern art, but also rare pieces dating all the way back to the Bronze Age.
- No matter who you are, you can sign up for the Brafa Art Tours, which guide you through the rich selection of art works and give you context and history on the major highlights.
Audience and Statistics
BRAFA maintains the reputation as one of the top 5 fairs in the art and antiques sector and it’s only fitting that its numbers are impressive. The exhibition centre is taken over by 115 galleries, each well-known and respected, from 15 countries. Roughly 60% of galleries are foreign and come from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy and Japan among others. Together they display up to 15,000 objects to an audience that goes above 68,000 visitors. As an exhibitor, you’ll have a chance to interact with over 100 international experts, who are there in order to verify the authenticity, quality and condition of the different objects. But the majority of visitors are art lovers, collectors, patrons of Belgian and foreign museums, directors of major museums, members of cultural and economic circles. Each BRAFA also invites one guest of honour – from a renowned artist to a foreign country’s major cultural institutions.
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How to get to BRAFA
Brussels Airport – not advisable
Brussel-Centraal – 30 mins via N260a
Brussels Airport – 20 mins via E40
Brussel-Centraal – 10 mins via Boulevard du Jardin Botanique/Kruidtuinlaan
By public transport:
Brussels Airport – 30 mins via IC and 20
Brussel-Centraal – 15 mins via IC and 20