BRAFA seeks to foster your interest in art by offering a cycle of daily conferences, the BRAFA Art Talks, on the stand of the King Baudouin Foundation. Figures from the art world, exhibition and museum curators and art market experts share their knowledge and expertise in fascinating and varied fields. An opportunity to discover works, artists and eras and to further your knowledge about art and its market!

Open access without reservation with your entrance ticket.
Every day at 4 p.m. from Sunday, January 28th to Sunday, February 4th, 2024 – except Monday, January 29th. Rendez-vous at the stand of the King Baudouin Foundation.

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Aller-Retour. Dutch artists in Paris 1789-1914

By Mayken Jonkman, Senior Curator of Nineteenth-Century Art at the RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History)

Mayken Jonkman, LLM, MA will take you on a journey to the nineteenth century in Paris. The city was home to a great number of art academies, exhibition venues and experienced art dealers. In a word, it was a paradise for artists looking for success. They travelled to Paris from all corners of the world, hoping to achieve a name for themselves and the immortality of their art. Yet this was no easy feat: however talented an artist may have been, more was required to make it big in Paris. Mayken Jonkman will provide an insight into the strategies of Dutch artists on their eventful path to Parisian success.

Talk given in: English
Join us at 4pm at the stand King Baudouin Foundation n°131

Dr. Mayken Jonkman is a Senior Curator of Nineteenth-Century Art at the RKD – the Netherlands Institute for Art History. She studied art history at the University of Amsterdam, specialising in nineteenth-century Dutch art in an international context. She also studied law at the University of Utrecht, writing her masters’ thesis on the use of copyright laws and museum practices. She has published works on wide-ranging subjects such as nineteenth-century collectors, art dealers, the image of the artist and studio practices. She is currently writing her PhD on Dutch artists who travelled to Paris in the nineteenth century, which she aims to finalise in the spring of 2023. Together with Rachel Esner (University of Amsterdam), Jenny Reynaerts (Rijksmuseum) and Beatrice von Bormann (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Mayken is one of the initiators of the project entitled The Other Half. Women in the Dutch art world 1780-1980.  


Theodoor Rombouts. A virtuoso of Flemish Caravaggism

by Dr. Frederica Van Dam, Curator of Old Masters at the Fine Arts Museum in Ghent

On the occasion of its 225th anniversary, the Fine Arts Museum in Ghent will be organising the very first monographic exhibition devoted to the Flemish Caravaggist painter Theodoor Rombouts (1597-1637). Rombouts was an established figure in the Antwerp artistic community. But although his painting was appreciated during his short life, his artistic heritage was soon forgotten after his death. Curator Dr Frederica Van Dam will shed new light on Rombouts’ artistic personality and discuss the specificities of his work.

In partnership with CODART

Talk given in: English
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Brussels 1893, the birth of Art Nouveau

by Benjamin Zurstrassen, Curator at the Horta Museum

The talk will analyse the reasons for the birth of Art Nouveau, an unprecedented artistic and architectural form of expression in Brussels around 1893: its identity, its contradictions and how it differed from the Arts and Crafts movement in Britain. The anniversaries and the names of the great architectural styles often conceal nuances, secrets and explanations that call into question what Art Nouveau really was, its manifestations and its protagonists. 

Talk given in: French
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Art and money

Panel discussion led by Amid Faljaoui, Director of the economic magazine Trends-Tendances and Guy van Wassenhove, Curator of the Baillet Latour Fund with their guests: Luc Bertrand, CEO Ackermans & van Haaren; Constantin Chariot, art dealer & art historian, and Rodolphe Janssen, art dealer & collector

The panel will present the financial aspects of the art world by addressing new technologies such as the Web or NFTs, the internationalisation of the market, the contemporary boom, wealth management, tax, expertise, insurance and claims, public heritage and museum management.

Talk given in: French
Join us at 4pm at the stand King Baudouin Foundation n°131



The King Baudouin Foundation’s Art Nouveau collection

By Prof. Dr. Werner Adriaenssens, Curator of 20th Century Collections, Museum Art & History, Brussels

Art Nouveau, which reached its peak around 1900, was the first truly Belgian style. It is associated with architecture and the decorative arts. Its main representatives include Victor Horta, Paul Hankar, Henry van de Velde and Philippe Wolfers. In over 20 years, the King Baudouin Foundation has built up an important collection of Belgian Art Nouveau masterpieces. Each artwork has a fascinating history that will be explained in the historical context.

Talk given in: French
Join us at 4pm at the stand King Baudouin Foundation n°131

Talk followed at 4.45pm by a short presentation of Why protecting heritage is a public/private story: the functioning of the Vlaamse Topstukkenraad (Council for the protection of the exceptional movable heritage in Flanders) 



Why protecting heritage is a public/private story

By Sabine Taevernier, Vice-Chairman Topstukkenraad Vlaanderen

Flanders possesses a movable cultural heritage of exceptional importance. With the Masterpiece Decree, the Flemish government is seeking to protect and conserve this heritage. Top items can be owned by both public institutions and private collectors. With a view to shedding light on the operation of the ‘Topstukkenraad’ and to eliminate potential misunderstandings surrounding the protection of our cultural heritage, the council responsible for the classification of exceptional heritage assets has decided to outline its functioning in a short presentation.
Waarom het beschermen van erfgoed een publiek/privaat verhaal is

Second part of the talk given in: Dutch
Join us at 4.45pm at the stand King Baudouin Foundation n°131



Creativity in leadership

By Miluska van 't Lam, Editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar magazine NL, in conversation with Carmen Willems, Director General of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA) and Christiane Struyven, art historian and lawyer

Harper's Bazaar magazine celebrates the best in art, fashion and leadership. It has its own business club where women creators and entrepreneurs can network and be inspired to dream big. At BRAFA, Editor-in-chief Miluska van 't Lam will meet with two women entrepreneurs who have earned their stripes in the international art world: Carmen Willems, Director General of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), which has just reopened its doors, and Christiane Struyven, art historian and lawyer. The topic under discussion will be how to connect art and entrepreneurship in order to develop a project, a brand or a company.

In partnership with Harper's Bazaar

Talk given in Dutch
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Diamonds: time for clarity

By Eric Hemeleers, CEO of Eeckman Art & Insurance, in dialogue with Cédric van den Abeele, Partner & Key Account Manager at Anglo Belge and Ellen Joncheere, CEO of HRD Antwerp (Diamond High Council of Antwerp)
Since the beginning of time, diamonds have been perceived as the most valuable commodity. Their beauty and rarity ensure that they are desired worldwide. To protect consumers, rules of the game have been implemented to provide clarity regarding their purchase. Not only in terms of the value of the product but also in terms of transparency concerning its origin. The phenomenon of lab-grown diamonds is still in its infancy, so there is still a need for the industry to provide guidelines for transparency. In this talk, Eric Hemeleers, together with Ellen Joncheere and Cédric van den Abeele, will identify all the risks and facets of the diamond business.

In partnership with Eeckman Art & Insurance

Talk given in French
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Building a digital collection: risks and opportunities for the collector

By François Toussaint, CEO ARTTS, Sari Depreeuw, IP lawyer and partner in Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office and Elie Auvray, co-founder of logion

Following in the footsteps of ‘La dame au Pantin,’ a major work by Félicien Rops, François Toussaint, Sari Depreeuw and Elie Auvray propose an educational discovery of the potential of NFTs (non-fungible tokens) in the creation of a digital collection. What benefits can be expected? What are the risks? Subjects under discussion will include certification issues, market dynamics and intellectual property aspects. There will be a question and answer period on this new subject which has inspired much curiosity.

Talk given in: French
Join us at 4pm at the stand King Baudouin Foundation n°131

François Toussaint is the co-founder and CEO of ARTTS, a start-up working with artists, galleries, private collections and museums to create new opportunities for the art world leveraging web3 technologies such as NFTs. For many years, François was a strategic communications and business consultant. Three years ago, he co-founded ‘3 roots studio' in Barcelona, an audio-visual studio and communications consulting company. Trained in Law, he has been advising companies across different industries.

Sari Depreeuw is an IP lawyer and partner in Crowell & Moring’s Brussels office.  She focuses on copyright and digital law, with more than 15 years of experience advising and representing a wide range of Belgian, European, and international clients on copyright, neighbouring rights, software and database rights, and on all issues relating to the access to, acquisition and use of digital assets. She is a part-time professor at the UCLouvain/Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles, where she teaches intellectual property and media law.

Elie Auvray is a software entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the US and Europe. Elie is currently the co-founder of logion, the blockchain infrastructure for safe digital ownership. Logion is the only public blockchain where token-related data and files are genuinely transformed into certified evidence by a decentralised network of Legal Officers. As a result, all projects built with the logion infrastructure increase their digital asset value over the long term.