It's part of a tradition dating back more than 50 years. Every January, for a period of ten days Brussels becomes the European capital of the arts with the Brussels Antiques & Fine Arts Fair (BRAFA), one of the world's most prestigious art fairs. Every year BRAFA manages to repeat the impressive feat of bringing together 120 of the most admired antiques and art dealers from Belgium and around the world. The Fair never fails to delight, astonish and win over its increasingly demanding international visitors.
Since 2004, BRAFA has been held in the Tour & Taxis site, in the vast and splendid halls of this former customs house, depot and marshalling yard. Near the centre of the capital of Europe, this remarkable example of early 20th century architecture is a gem of the industrial heritage of Brussels. Its unique atmosphere makes it one of the major assets of the exhibition.
Bringing together the best of the rare and classical, with room to spare for the contributions of the wider world, the Fair also embraces the latest in contemporary art trends. BRAFA is among the select circle of major gatherings of the international art world. The unequaled quality of its exhibitors, its efficient organisation and the cordial camaraderie among all participants are the reason why it attracts growing numbers of visitors every year, from casual art lovers to keen collectors and knowledgeable connoisseurs.
BRAFA is especially demanding when it comes to quality and authenticity. To provide buyers with the guarantee of genuine items, each exhibit is subjected to a thorough examination by a committee of independent experts. This requirement applies to all exhibitors, regardless of their specialist fields.
For BRAFA, quality also means diversity. All areas of artistic creation are represented by the best in the field: antiques, Oceanic art, tribal art, Oriental art, silverware, antique jewellery, furniture and art works from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, curiosities, ceramics, earthenware and porcelain, drawings, engravings, old master and modern paintings, sculptures, carpets, tapestries, rare as well as modern books, coins, contemporary art and photography.
Thanks to BRAFA, art is alive and thriving in Brussels !