An undeniable success.
BRAFA 2024, of which Excellence Magazine was a media partner, was a resounding success, drawing a record attendance of nearly 67,000 art enthusiasts of all ages to Brussels Expo over 8 days. Visitors praised BRAFA for its high-quality exhibits and the enchanting Surrealist decor that defined the fair.
The 69th edition saw numerous notable sales across various categories. Dei Bardi Art (Brussels) sold a small medieval stained-glass window to the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Galerie Florence de Voldère (Paris) sold Une Kermesse by Martin van Cleve for approximately 150.000 euros, while Floris van Wanroij Fine Art (Dommelen) sold a large painting (1673) by the Dutch Golden Age painter Jan Griffier. Art et Patrimoine – Laurence Lenne (Ath) sold a porcelain tableau (1787) to the King Baudouin Foundation, Galerie Bernard De Leye (Brussels) sold several liturgical silverware pieces, and d’Arschot & Cie (Brussels) made over twenty sales.
Zebregs&Röell Fine Art and Antiques (Amsterdam-Maastricht) had a successful debut at BRAFA, selling several works, including Meissen porcelain sculptures. Artimo Fine Art (Brussels) excelled in the sculpture category, selling a marble sculpture by Enrico Astorri. Galerie Cento Anni (Brussels) sold a marble sculpture by Philippe Wolfers entitled Automne ou vendanges, and Galerie Nicolas Bourriaud (Paris) sold Femme assise les mains dans le dos, a bronze sculpture by Robert Couturier.
Several galleries achieved sales in the field of twentieth-century paintings, including Segoura Fine Art (Saint-Ouen sur Seine), which sold a symbolist work by Georges Jules Victor Clairin. Galerie de la Présidence (Paris) sold a work entitled Les Toits Rouges, by Maurice de Vlaminck, while Van Herck-Eykelberg (Antwerp), a new exhibitor at BRAFA, sold among others a painting by James Ensor, entitled Rose, Tanagras and Boot.
Repetto Gallery (Lugano) made several sales, including a work by Christo representing the project for Les Champs Elysées in 1969, and an urban landscape by Salvo entitled Intra. Cortesi Gallery (Lugano-Milan) sold a work on paper by the minimalist artist Robert Mangold, entitled Column Structure XII.
In the design category, Robertaebasta (Milan-London) exhibited a coffee table with a profiled chrome-plated steel base, cylindrical Plexiglas supports and four fossil wood shelves at staggered heights, while Maison Rapin (Paris) sold two large mirrors created by the Italian duo Foddis and a chandelier by Robert Goossens. Dr. Lennart Booij Fine Art & Rare Items (Amsterdam) sold a wooden chair by the designer Verner Panton to the Design Museum Gent.
In jewellery, Gioielleria Nardi (Venice) sold a Geisha brooch/pendant, and Epoque Fine Jewels (Kortrijk) sold an Art Nouveau and an Art Deco brooches.
Additionally, the Surrealist decor of BRAFA 2024 will have a new life, with elements being recycled or reused for charitable purposes. Plans for the 70th edition in 2025 are already underway and is promising to be special considering this anniversary which is scheduled to take place from January 26th to February 2nd, 2025.
BRAFA Art Fair