Book it now: TEFAF Maastricht 2016
by Zoe Dickens
TEFAF Maastricht, one of the world’s leading art fairs and the first major highlight of the annual fine art calendar, will return to the Netherlands next month to offer international collectors some of the best pieces currently on offer around the globe.
Now in its 29th year, TEFAF will welcome 269 exhibitors whose remit spans modern art, antiques, design, paper and haute joaillerie. One of the earliest objects on sale this year is an Egyptian lug-handled jar with flamingos dating back to circa 3,500-3,300 B.C. which is being presented by Cahn International of Basel. Also of particular interest to superyacht owners will be the Bennett Indian Yacht Club trophy up for sale with Koopman Rare Art. Created for James Gordon Bennett Jr by Tiffany & Co in 1894, this sailing cup is roundly considered one of the finest pieces of American silver in existence.
Another highlight of 2016’s fair will be Collecting Collectors, a loan exhibition showcasing prints and drawings from Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The exhibition will celebrate artists working on paper from the renaissance to the present day including pieces by Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas, Dali and Kusama.
As always, the TEFAF Art Symposium and Art Market Report will prove a huge draw to art aficionados. Dr Clare McAndrew, founder of Arts Economics, will present this year’s report offering collectors, gallerists and dealers an in depth insight into the flow of fine art around the world, regulatory changes and issues affecting the market. Experts at the symposium will also discuss the performance of key market sectors, the importance of new sales channels and the economic impact of the art trade.
As a signifier of its prestige and success, TEFAF also announced earlier this year that it would be expanding to encompass two new art fairs at Park Avenue Armory, New York to be held in autumn 2016 and spring 2017.
TEFAF Maastricht takes place at the MECC Maastricht from March 11-20, 2016. Visit tefaf.com for information and tickets.