ABOVE: Gyé mask, Guro-Bete, Ivory Coast.
H. 43 cm
To be presented by Serge Schoffel at BRAFA 2023
BRUSSELS—After the pause imposed by the pandemic, the major Brussels gathering for art and antiquities collectors, the Brussels Art Fair, or BRAFA, will take up its January position again on the calendar of international fairs.
The event’s 68th edition will be held January 29–February 5, 2023, in halls 3 and 4 of the Brussels Expo in the Heysel neighborhood of Brussels. It will bring together some 130 exhibitors from around the world, this year under the overarching theme of “Art Nouveau”—a term that may refer more to resurgence as much as the historical art style.
As in the past, the arts of Africa and Oceania will be prominent because of the participation of a number of renowned galleries.
Among them, Didier Claes’ gallery, long a local pillar of BRAFA participants, will present a varied display emphasizing the arts of the Congo.
Another Brussels regular at this prestigious art fair, Serge Schoffel, will show a selection of artworks from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, testifying to his eclectic taste and his ongoing quest for beauty, often found in works that lie on the fringe of the mainstream.
International dealers will include the Milanese gallery Dalton Somare, which will bring classical African art from Gabon to Côte d’Ivoire via the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In addition to a selection of quality artworks intended to appeal to a general audience, Montagut Gallery of Barcelona will present a thematic exhibition titled Mankishi that will offer some twenty small-scale Songye figures in dialogue with a series of charcoal “portraits” by Elena Martínez-Jacquet that seek to capture the evocative power of these works.
BRAFA ART FAIR
29 January - 5 February 2023
Palais Expo, Heysel, Brussels
ABOVE: Booth of Gallery Montagut at BRAFA 2023.
ABOVE: Booth of Didier Claes at BRAFA 2023.
ABOVE: Booth of Dalton Somare at BRAFA 2023.