It’s legendary, has a long tradition: Since 1988, the TEFAF in Maastricht has had its place among the leading art exhibitions in the world. In March 2020, thousands of art enthusiasts will again make the pilgrimage to the city in the southern Netherlands.
Seven thousand years of art history under one roof. Sculptures from pre-Christian times, art from ancient cultures, draftsmen from the Middle Ages, Dutch masters from the 16th and 17th century, artists from the Romantic period and Impressionism – with around 250 exhibitors, it is the world’s largest art and antique fair.
The variety of exquisite pieces exhibited at the fair is unparalleled. For directors and curators of leading museums, and for private collectors from all over the world, the TEFAF Maastricht is an opportunity to purchase one of the sought-after works of art. These works have their price, with most in the six- or seven-figure range. A magnificent painting by Ferdinand Léger sold for 3.8 million euros this year. A more modest etching by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner changed hands for around 9,000 euros.
The renowned London gallery Thomas Gibson Fine Art offered a grandiose portrait of a woman by Chaim Soutine for 2.1 million and a particularly beautiful work by Odilon Redon from the “Vase de Fleurs” series from 1905 was offered for 2.2 million euros. A Murano vase sculpture didn’t have a price tag but was of inimitable beauty.
Even non-buyers enjoy the fair – nowhere in the world can one view so many works of art from every era. Unless you happen to be on the other side of the ocean where the TEFAF New
York will be showing primarily contemporary art in May 2020.
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