WHAT IS BRAFA?
The Brafa Art Fair, created in 1956, is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious art fairs, famous for the high quality fine art, antiques, modern and contemporary art and design it offers. Brafa takes place during the last ten days of January. The first major art event of the year, it is considered a reliable barometer of the art market.
Brafa is located in Tour & Taxis, a magnificent site that is part of Brussels’ industrial heritage. The cosmopolitan capital of Europe is known for its excellent food and dazzling array of museums, monuments and boutique shops.
The fair is only...
10 minutes from the lively centre of Brussels, the listed UNESCO Grand-Place,
the chic antique district the Sablon, the trendy fashion area Dansaert,
fabulous restaurants and the North and Central train stations.
15 minutes from the best museums (BOZAR, Cinquantenaire Museum,
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Magritte Museum, Horta Museum,
Belgian Comic Strip Center, Wiels Contemporary art centre…).
25 minutes from Brussels-Zaventem airport.
2 hours from London, 1 hour 22 minutes from Paris, 1 hour 50 minutes from Amsterdam and 35 minutes from Antwerp.
WHAT MAKES BRAFA SO FAMOUS
quality and authenticity
Brafa’s exhibitor selection process is rigorous, and all objects are verified by an international committee of experts before the fair opens its doors to the public. This enables visitors to buy with the greatest confidence.
Brafa is an exceptional showcase of high quality and rare pieces dating from the Bronze Age to the present day, covering some 5000 years of history. The fair attracts major art collectors, new buyers, and art lovers curious to see what is on the market.
Brafa has been held for over sixty years, and the Brafa team’s professionalism has grown with the reputation of the fair.
The fair is known for its welcoming atmosphere, eclecticism and elegance. Brafa’s size means you can get a good impression of the fair in a few hours, leaving you lots of time to linger over your favourite pieces!
BRAFA IN NUMBERS
- Brafa is one of the art and antiques sector’s top 5 fairs.
- 132 leading galleries participate following a strict selection process (40% Belgian and 60% foreign)
- 16 countries are represented (Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Luxemburg, Monaco, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the USA)
- 20 specialities are covered, including classical archaeology, tribal art, pre-Colombian art, Asian art, jewellery, silverware, coins, furniture and art objects dating from the Middle Ages to today, old and modern paintings, contemporary art and design, sculpture, ceramics, contemporary glass and porcelain, carpets and textiles, drawings, original cartoons, engravings, rare books, photography and autographs…
- 100 experts from around the world are involved to verify the authenticity, quality and condition of the different objects on display…
- 10.000 to 15.000 objects are on show in total!
- 2018 will mark the 63nd edition of the fair.
- 61.250 visitors attend from across the world.
- The fair spreads over 15.400 m².