The European Fine Art Fair – better known under the acronym TEFAF – is the fair of all superlatives. Since its creation in 1988, it has grown to become one of the most important art shows. TEFAF Maastricht is highly attended. About 70,000 visitors indeed abound every year to admire thousands of “museum quality” pieces that cover 7,000 years of art history. Thus collectors, curators, art dealers come to purchase exciting artworks. As the quality is outstanding, the price range is high. Thus, those who cannot afford to buy something, can at least admire and sometimes even touch these treasures. For 10 days, the small city of Maastricht, Netherlands, becomes the beating heart of the art market. TEFAF New York was founded in early 2016, originally as two annual art fairs in New York at the Park Avenue Armory and now represent a fair of unprecedented depth and impact in New York City.
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Global Managing Director TEFAF
1 minute in the booth
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Kamel Mennour at TEFAF Maastricht 2023
Bart Drenth, Global Director TEFAF
TEFAF Maastricht 2023 Opening
Sean Kelly at TEFAF 2023
White Cube at TEFAF Maastricht 2023
Galerie Templon at TEFAF Maastricht 2023
Cardi Gallery at TEFAF Maastricht 2023
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Brimo de Laroussilhe at TEFAF Maastricht 2023
TEFAF Maastricht 2023
Galerie Le Minotaure at TEFAF Maastricht 2023
TEFAF Maastricht 2024
6229 GV Maastricht
7 – 14 March 2024
12-18 years: €20
Under 12: Free
Season ticket: €150
Insights TEFAF Maastricht
Global Managing Director
What would you say is the DNA of TEFAF Maastricht?
TEFAF represents a unique artistic and cultural experience. Celebrating the 36th edition of the Maastricht fair this year, the fair continues to present attendees a meticulously curated experience with objects from 7,000 years of art history. The unparalleled expertise and unrivaled historical precedence makes it the world’s premier fair for fine art, antiques, and design.
What type of galleries are chosen to exhibit, and why?
This year’s fair includes an astounding roster of galleries bringing together 270 dealers, 13 of which are first-time exhibitors. Works on view include objects from modern and contemporary art, jewelry, antiques, and design.TEFAF Maastricht showcases strictly vetted works of supreme historical merit and quality creating a very high standard that applies across all its fairs.
What is the price range of pieces? Who is the average buyer?
No other fair offers the same quality, breadth, and depth of artworks under one roof. TEFAF Maastricht therefore offers an unrivaled opportunity for individual and institutional collectors to discover quality works across antiquities, contemporary art, design, jewelry, and everything in between. It is not unusual to see works priced in the millions or acquisitions to museum collections during the fair.
“The unparalleled expertise and unrivaled historical precedence makes it the world’s premier fair for fine art, antiques, and design.”
TEFAF Maastricht 2022 ©Mark Niederman
Who is the typical attendee of TEFAF Maastricht?
TEFAF Maastricht draws a global audience from private collectors, art market professionals, and the museum community. The fair also sees a breadth of art enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.
What strategy – physical as digital – will you adopt in the short to medium term?
TEFAF Online accompanies our in-person fairs and is a way to highlight a selection of the masterpieces on display alongside programming, stories, and other content from the TEFAF community. The hybrid experience connects our international audience.
What are two other art fairs you would suggest?
TEFAF New York is a must-see! We’re looking forward to the upcoming fair, May 12-16, 2023 and May 11 by invitation only, featuring 91 distinguished galleries from around the world. This year will again include the Creative Spaces section highlighting incredible works from exhibitors outside of their booths throughout the Park Avenue Armory. We are looking forward to TEFAF Maastricht returning back to its original time in March this year hosting 270 globally renowned specialist exhibitors.
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