BRAFA art and antiques fair celebrates surrealism and Paul Delvaux

Brussels art and antiques fair BRAFA began on Sunday at Brussels Expo. The 69th edition of the eight-day fair is marking the 100th anniversary of surrealism and the 30th anniversary of the death of Belgian artist Paul Delvaux.

“The international media and foreign observers often describe Belgium as surrealist, a term that seems to perfectly fit our often unconventional way of doing things,” BRAFA president Harold t’Kint de Roodenbeke said in a press release. 

“In this context, the Paul Delvaux Foundation wanted to pay tribute to the great Belgian painter to highlight the 30th anniversary of his death.” 

The fair features 132 galleries from 14 countries, displaying ancient, modern and contemporary paintings, Asian art and tapestries More than 80 international experts carry out checks on the authenticity, quality and state of conservation of the objects on sale. 

“Today’s art market is so crowded that it’s sometimes hard to find your way around,” said vice-president Francis Maere. “BRAFA stands out from other fairs because of its seriousness, with a particular focus on quality.”

French painter André Breton, the founder of the surrealist movement, published his Surrealist Manifesto in 1924.


Illustration picture shows the first day of BRAFA in Brussels, 26 January 2020 © BELGA PHOTO NICOLAS MAETERLINCK

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