BRAFA fair in Brussels
A general view of last year’s BRAFA fair in Brussels. This year’s event, opening at the end of January, will welcome Gilbert & George who have selected five large-scale works to be exhibited at various locations throughout the fair. Image copyright: Fabrice Debatty.

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The fair takes place in its usual venue, the Tour & Taxis exhibition hall in the Belgian capital, and runs from January 26-February 3.

With everything from antiquities and medieval sculpture to Art Deco, comic strip and contemporary art, it offers a range of material that aims to strike a balance between tradition and novelty. The fair’s board of directors is opting for evolution over revolution.

Marino Marini sculpture

London dealer Robert Bowman, one of 16 new exhibitors at the fair, specialises in 19th and 20th century sculpture and will be showing this small-scale model of a horse, Piccolo Cavallo, by the 20th century Italian artist Marino Marini. The 21in (52.5cm) high, hand-finished and patinated bronze conceived and cast c.1950, monogrammed and stamped Fonderia MAF, is from an edition of six.

There are 16 new names among the exhibitors, including four from the UK: David Aaron – Antiquities; Bowman Sculpture; the Cortesi Gallery with post-war European Art and the Willow Gallery – Impressionist and European paintings.

Beard Raids by Gilbert & George

‘Beard Raids’ by Gilbert & George, an 11.75 x 15in (30 x 38cm) work from 2016 which is one of the five pieces that will be shown at BRAFA this year. Image courtesy Gilbert & George, White Cube and Albert Baronian.

In recent years the fair has featured an artistic guest of honour (Julio le Parc in 2017 and Christo in 2018). This year BRAFA will welcome Gilbert & George who have selected five large-scale works that will be positioned at various locations throughout the venue.