TEFAF - the Art Highlight in Maastricht
It is legendary and has a long tradition: since 1988, the TEFAF in Maastricht has been one of the most important art fairs worldwide. There are many art fairs, but none offers such an impressive variety of old and contemporary art, paintings, jewellery and design. At TEFAF, visitors discover the art history of Europe and immerse themselves in the cultural memory of the world. In March, thousands of art lovers will make a pilgrimage to the city in the south of the Netherlands. Here 7000 years of art history are under one roof. Visitors will find sculptures from pre-Christian times, art from antiquity and ancient cultures, drawings from the Middle Ages, Dutch masters from the 16th and 17th centuries, and representatives of Romanticism and Impressionism - with around 250 exhibitors, it is the world's largest art and antiques fair.
Since 2016, TEFAF - The European Fine Art Fair - has been organising a total of three major international fairs. In addition to TEFAF Maastricht, which has been held since 1988 and covers 7,000 years of art history, these include TEFAF New York in spring, with a focus on modern and contemporary art, and TEFAF New York in autumn, which shows fine arts and crafts from antiquity to 1920. Thus, three times a year, the non-profit organization TEFAF brings together international art dealers who inspire art lovers from all over the world with knowledge and passion. The variety of exquisite pieces offered at the fair is incomparable. For directors and curators of leading museums as well as private collectors from all over the world, TEFAF Maastricht is the opportunity to acquire one of the most coveted works of art. At TEFAF, visitors discover real treasures and rarities. Antiques, modern art, furniture, jewellery, design, Gothic Madonnas, Renaissance and Baroque painting, Rococo tapestries, even Meissen porcelain and English silver, as well as African sculpture and Indian Mughal painting can be found here. Year after year, TEFAF presents an incomparable variety and mix that invites you to marvel. Buyers can also be sure of the high quality of the pieces on display, as each object is subjected to the organisation's security check before the exhibition. Particularly remarkable is the high standard of testing: here the world's best experts examine the art objects and guarantee a very high standard. During the thorough examination, authenticity, condition and allocation are the main focus. The TEFAF Scientific Research Team assists the committee with suitable tools and scientific methods. In addition to quality control, all exhibited artworks are checked against the Art Loss Register, the largest database for stolen, lost and looted art and antiques. Art presented at TEFAF is therefore not only of the highest quality, but also completely legal.
A total of 279 exhibitors took part in TEFAF Maastricht 2019. Among them were 40 new exhibitors, a large part of which exhibited in the TEFAF Modern section. The price range of the works on offer is enormous and tends to be in the six to seven-figure range. At TEFAF 2019 a magnificent painting by Ferdinand Léger found a new owner for 3.8 million euros. Next door, a rather inconspicuous etching by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner went into new hands for almost 9000 euros. The renowned London gallery Thomas Gibson Fine Art offered a grandiose portrait of a woman by Chaim Soutine for 2.1 million euros and a particularly beautiful piece from the series "Vase de Fleurs" by Odilon Redon from 1905 was awarded 2.2 million euros. In 2019, the TEFAF also set a new record with 70,000 visitors.
In 2020, TEFAF will take place from 7 to 15 March and interested parties can already view a selection of the artworks that are expected to be shown at this year's fair on the website. This year again, a great variety in particular is guaranteed. Visitors can look forward to works by Gerhard Richter, Auguste Rodin, Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso, to name but a few of the great artists who will be represented in Maastricht in 2020. Even for non-buyers, a visit to the fair is a benefit - nowhere else in the world can you see so many works of art from all eras. Prices and opening hours of TEFAF 2020 will be announced shortly.
Only 20 kilometres from Maastricht, the Romantik Parkhotel Het Gulpdal in Slenaken is the perfect place to stay during the TEFAF. Here, guests can relax in style in comfortable rooms and suites away from the hustle and bustle of the trade fair and be pampered with fresh seasonal produce from the excellent kitchen.
In the Belgian town of Dilsen-Stokkem, just 30 minutes from Maastricht, guests at the Romantik Hotel Hostellerei La Feuille d'Or discover the Hoge Kempen National Park, which is directly adjacent. During extensive walks or bicycle tours through the national park, visitors to the TEFAF can enjoy works of art as well as Belgian nature and then dine in the gourmet restaurant.
40 minutes from Maastricht, the Romantik Hotel Kasteel Daelenbroeck welcomes its guests to a stately estate dating from 1311, where they are accommodated in charming maisonette rooms when they enter the estate over the stone bridge. Whether in the elegant restaurant or the cosy brasserie, guests are spoiled with culinary delights in the Romantik Hotel.
Tip: Maastricht is worth a visit. In the historic city there are numerous cultural highlights and sights to discover.