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Dealer Dedication and Connoisseurship Ensures Vibrant Marketplace at TEFAF Maastricht


Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:57 pm EDT



TEFAF Maastricht ran from 10-19 March 2017 in the MECC, Maastricht and welcomed over 71,000 visitors, from over 60 nationalities, demonstrating the wide reaching international appeal of the 275 dealers. In a year of significant development for TEFAF, with the addition of two fairs in New York, the unrivalled heart of the organisation, the 30-year-old fair in Maastricht, continued to provide a dynamic sales platform for its exhibitors. Both private and institutional buyers acquired some of the finest works available on the market, with sales reported across all price points and throughout all sections. TEFAF Maastricht continues to be an important event for museums from around the world, with over 200 visiting.

Patrick van Maris, CEO of TEFAF, said “This year's exhibitors have put on an outstanding display of remarkable objects. To achieve this year on year is not easy: it takes dedication and connoisseurship. Yet again they have excelled themselves and have attracted international collectors from all corners of the globe to Maastricht, it is our job at TEFAF to provide a platform and environment that supports this extraordinary community both today and in the future.”

"For nearly 30 years, TEFAF Maastricht has built a reputation as one of the most important dates on the art world calendar. As principal sponsors since 2004, we at AXA ART have seen the event become firmly established as the world’s pre-eminent art fair, attracting an international network of dealers, collectors and connoisseurs across every category,” said Kai Kuklinksi, CEO of AXA ART, Principal sponsor of TEFAF Maastricht. "We are in constant dialogue with our TEFAF Maastricht partners about the future, and are fully open to exploring the opportunities to extend our partnership.”

In 2016 TEFAF was delighted to welcome Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, as marquee sponsor of TEFAF Maastricht and TEFAF New York. “It was a pleasure to deepen our relationship with TEFAF dealers and to explore the inspiring pieces selected to be displayed. The works embodied TEFAF’s reputation for offering only the finest art and antiquities,” said Rob Weisberg, CEO of Invaluable. “It’s clear from listening to dealers that it’s critical for them to connect with a new demographic of younger buyers and to extend their reach to prospective buyers globally via digital channels. Invaluable’s partnership with TEFAF can help them achieve those goals while also making it easier for serious collectors to find the objects they love.”

TEFAF Maastricht continuously evaluates its offering, and each year takes steps to maintain its position as the world’s leading fine art and antiques fair. One such initiative is TEFAF Curated, a sub-section of TEFAF Modern, which this year took place for the third time. Hidde van Seggelen, TEFAF Board member and driving force behind the contemporary initiative, said “The aim with TEFAF Curated has been twofold – firstly to present contemporary works within TEFAF Maastricht in order to broaden the Fair’s offering and appeal. Secondly, the diversity presented within Curated sparks conversations, both between visitors, curators, connoisseurs and art world professionals, as well as between objects and cultures.”

Penelope Curtis, Director of the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa, was invited to curate the third edition of TEFAF Curated, this year entitled La Grande Horizontale. Of the section, Penelope said “It was a different kind of space for an art fair, and within its distinctive design, art works which normally would never meet now spoke to each other in a new way.”

“Quintessentially is excited to be the concierge partner of the world’s leading art fair, in Maastricht and New York. During TEFAF Maastricht we met so many special people, both members of the organisation, exhibitors and visitors and we look forward to continuing our partnership at the next fair’, said Daan Stots, CEO and Founder of Quintessentially, new concierge partner for TEFAF.

Johnny van Haeften, longstanding TEFAF Maastricht exhibitor and TEFAF Board Member, said, “TEFAF 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of TEFAF Maastricht and my involvement with the Fair as an exhibitor [ahead of this Johnny van Haeften participated in Pictura for 10 years), a Board member and a former member of the Executive Committee. I have seen the Fair grow from modest beginnings to become an organisation that sets standards others strive to follow. Last Autumn saw the launch of TEFAF New York and a new chapter in the Fair's development. The two Fairs in New York, each with their distinct character, add a fresh and exciting dimension to TEFAF and provide greater opportunities for international collectors to discover our fairs. I am confident that this expansion will encourage them to explore further and visit us here at TEFAF Maastricht.

The next edition of TEFAF Maastricht will take place from 9-18 March 2018 at the MECC, Maastricht. TEFAF New York Spring will take place from 4-8 May 2017 and the second edition of TEFAF New York Fall will take place from 27-31 October 2017, both at the Park Avenue Armory.


TEFAF Maastricht

TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s leading art and antiques Fair, is unequalled in the quality of its offering, championing the finest art dealers and experts from around the world. TEFAF is a not-for-profit foundation acting as an expert guide for both private and institutional collectors in a global marketplace, which inspires lovers and buyers of art everywhere. The next edition of TEFAF Maastricht will be held in the MECC Maastricht from 9-18 March 2018.

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