The Belgian government’s anti-Covid restrictions have not prompted the cancellation of BRAFA. However, the Brussels eclectic fair will take place not in an online viewing room but at participating galleries.
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Welcoming the invitation they received in late October, the dealers themselves encouraged the organizers to take this step. From January 27 to 31, 126 galleries in 37 cities in 13 countries will hold temporary shows. BRAFA's website will yield the spotlight to the participants, which are at the heart of a project to offer art lovers the direct contact with dealers they have sorely missed in the past year.
Eleven exhibitors are joining the fair for the first time: Artimo Fine Arts (Brussels), Maurice Verbaet (Knokke), Nao Masaki (Nagoya), Jordi Pascual (Barcelona), Sao Roque-Antiguidades e Galerie de Arte (Lisbon), Tenzing Asian Art (San Francisco), Waddington Custot (London), Hadjer and Arts et Autographes (Paris), Dr. Lennart Booij Fine Art & Rare Items and Van der Meij Fine Arts (Amsterdam). Most of the participants will exhibit in their own galleries but some will be hosted by colleagues. In Brussels, Jean Lemaire and Francis Janssens will be hosted by Van der Maelen Costermans & Pelgrims de Bigard, Dr. Lennart Booij Fine Arts & Rare Items by Huberty & Breyne and members of CLAM (the Belgian professional chamber of antiquarian and modern booksellers) by Claude Van Loock and Le Tout Venant. Adrian Schlag, De Jonckheere and Whitford Fine Art opted for private addresses in Brussels, as did Gokelaere & Robinson and Repetto Gallery in Milan. Others will hold group shows. All the information can be found on BRAFA’s website.