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A Strange TEFAF in Maastricht

Published on , by Carole Blumenfeld

The 2022 edition will be remembered for the spectacular robbery right before the eyes of dumbfounded visitors, who could not believe it was happening. But Tefaf is not just about real life, which is crazier than the cinema.

Tefaf Maastricht 2022: the Wildenstein gallery booth, with Fragonard's Repentant... A Strange TEFAF in Maastricht

Tefaf Maastricht 2022: the Wildenstein gallery booth, with Fragonard's Repentant Saint Peter.
© Loraine Bodewes

The plunging stock market and dreadful weather dampened the mood right from the start. Thunderstorms, stifling heat—only the second-floor restaurant and the hall were air-conditioned—and the high number of visitors who stayed home due to the resurgence of Covid and the cancellation of 315 Brussels Airlines flights from June 23 to 25, stranding over 40,000 passengers, threw cold water on the proceedings. What’s more, the June 24 opening was sandwiched between Brafa ’s opening dinner in Brussels (on the 18 th ) and the vernissage of Masterpiece in London (the 29 th ). Then came the show-stopping mishap on the morning of June 28, when the fair issued a terse press release: “At about 11:30 a.m., Tefaf Maastricht was evacuated due to an incident within the fair. The fair’s security staff quickly disarmed a gunman and the Dutch police were on-site within…
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