lifestyle /arts Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 26th January – 2nd February 2020 Brafa 2020 promises to deliver another strong edition.
by Svilena Iotkovska

BRAFA’s upcoming fair in 2020 will hold exhibitions by 133 galleries; although this is the same number of galleries as the previous year, there will be eight first-time galleries and eleven returning. A breakdown of the 133 galleries reveals that there will be 50 Belgian and 83 international galleries. It is interesting to note that in the upcoming fair, the representations of Italy and the Netherlands will grow; that is to say that from the previous year, the representation of Italy and the Netherlands has escalated from 6 to 10 and 2 to 6 respectively.

Harold t’Kint de Roodenbeke, Chairman of BRAFA, commented on the majority (63%) of international galleries which will be represented in the upcoming fair: ‘Brafa will always be a showcase for Belgian galleries, but strong international representation is equally vital to its success’.

The Chairman further stated that ‘the quality of an art fair is first and foremost defined by the quality of its exhibitors’. For this reason, it is not surprising that the fair will exhibit twenty different art disciplines which are said to range from archaeology to contemporary art; this includes antiques, sculptures, paintings, silverware, furniture and jewellery amongst others. BRAFA therefore aims to provide an equal representation of the numerous and diverse art disciplines.

As this year BRAFA will be celebrating its 65th anniversary, the fair will be carrying out a charity auction of five original segments of the Berlin Wall. The starting price of each segment has been set to €15,000 and the money from the sales will be spread across three different charities. Harold t’Kint de Roodenbeke explains: “In the area of cancer research, these are Télévie, a campaign led by the Belgian TV channel RTL-TVI and the non-profit organization Kom op tegen Kanker. To assist with the social integration of people with disabilities, the non-profit organization Hart voor Handicap and CAP48, a charity campaign led by Belgian TV channel RTBF have been chosen. To support the preservation of our cultural heritage, we have decided to back two projects associated with the Art & History Museum (Cinquantenaire). Each segment has been matched with a beneficiary, to which buyers directly make their donation.”

Exhibition Dates: 26 January – 2 February 2020

Address: Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 88 – 1000 Brussels

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Svilena Iotkovska
Svilena Iotkovska is currently doing a joint honours degree in Comparative Literature and Culture and History of Art and Visual Culture. Having lived in Bulgaria, the UAE and the UK, she is interested in all things travel, luxury, arts and culture.
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