This year I *did* manage to get to TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) in Maastricht! I emphasize this *did* because I’ve been planning to come there for three consecutive years (more even, I was getting my press accreditation every time) – yet I was not able to come 😦 Until this year, that is.
To say it’s overwhelming is basically to say nothing. Of course, it is! Being the largest and one of the most established art fairs in the world it supposed to overwhelm. Imagine entering a mini-city, with own streets, squares, boulevards, avenues… but instead of the houses you see art galleries, one after another, hundreds of them – all filled with art of supreme quality! TEFAF’s selection committee is notoriously famous for their really draconian standards of quality; basically, almost all pieces here are of museum calibre.
Not surprisingly it works like a magnet for all people of art: museums, dealers, curators, collectors, artists themselves – and course all “us”, the public at large, which is very much ‘at large’ here!
I was lucky to be able to take a lot of pictures during my day at TEFAF, but now struggle with the task of processing and displaying them in somewhat meaningful way; I guess, I will write here about some of the most interesting sites, and then upload the rest to my Flickr, in one set (or may be a slideshow).
Meanwhile, there is a short but very interesting clip on their website that tells the story about TEFAF, its history, current state and the possible futures, too.
More stories (and pictures) to come.
PS: For the record – the painting is called Couronnement d’Etienne de Blois, Comte de Boulogne et Roi d’Angleterre par Guillaume, Archevêque de Cantorbéry (1957), by French artist Georges Mathieu; he died last year, which also means that the prices on his works should sky-rocket now.