Arts & Antique Fairs

The American International Fine Art Fair in Palm Beach, Florida


a prevue of fine art & antique events

Edited by Jeffrey Moorhouse

Fine arts and antiques are perhaps the most distinctive icons of the greater cultural heritage of Europe. Over the years, we have on occasion, covered a fair number of art and antique events.  On each occasion, the response from our readers exceeded  expectations.  With this in mind, we have decided to increase our coverage on fine arts and antique events.   In so doing, we won't stray from our role as an online travel publication.  And, we'll leave both the apprising and appraising to the real experts in the field. 



The 22nd edition of The European Fine Art Fair, which will take place at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre) in the southern Netherlands from  March 13th to the 22nd, 2009, will combine transition with a perpetual commitment to maintaining the highest standards.

At the 2009 Fair, the largest-ever number of dealers – about 240 from 15 countries around the world - will for the first time, include a section of ten leading specialists in 20th century and contemporary design. The publication of the latest in a series of groundbreaking reports prepared for TEFAF will cast new light on the changing structure of the global art market.

Magnificent Works of Art

Exhibitors at TEFAF 2009 will show art and antiques worth over US$1 billion, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, classical antiquities, illuminated manuscripts, jewellery, textiles, porcelain, glass, silver and other works of art.  Every era from classical antiquity to the 21st century will be represented.

New TEFAF Design Section

A 20th century and contemporary design section is to be introduced at TEFAF for the first time at the 2009 Fair. Ten leading dealers in this increasingly important field will take part, including Philippe Denys from Brussels and Frans Leidelmeijer of Amsterdam. Ben Janssens, the London-based dealer in oriental art who is chairman of TEFAF’s Executive Committee, said: “If we identify certain trends in the market, then we should try and go with them and 20th century and contemporary design is an area where we need to strengthen the Fair.” 

New Exhibitors
As well as dealers in the TEFAF Design section, other new exhibitors at TEFAF 2009 will be W.M. Brady & Co from New York, who specialise in Old Master paintings and drawings, and antiquities dealers Sycomore Ancient Art of Geneva.

A Global Attraction
More than 73,000 people came to TEFAF in 2008, including many of the world’s most important museum curators and private collectors. While inevitably many of them were from the growing number of countries in the European Union and from the United States, visitors from Russia, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and Israel are increasing. Two groups from mainland China came to the Fair for the first time in 2008. More than 1.1 million people have visited TEFAF over the years and Maastricht-Aachen airport is always at its busiest during the Fair with more than 220 private jets flying in while the 2008 event was on.

AXA Art is the principal sponsor of TEFAF 2009

AXA Art is the world’s leading art insurance specialist providing customized coverage to protect art and collectibles for a broad range of clients,  from first time buyers to the world’s most respected collectors, artists, museums, galleries, international loans and public exhibitions. AXA Art is the principal sponsor of TEFAF 2009.    

Editor's notes:

For further information on AXA Art Please follow this link . . .

Additional information on TEFAF is available by following this link . .




Belgium - The Brussels Fine Art & Antiques Fair will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2009.  During 10 days the Fair will welcome professionals as well as many collectors to a showcase of 150 international galleries and antiques dealers in the prestigious Palais 5 of Expo 58 (Brussels Expo).

EURANTICA is reverting to a previous format of early spring dates and will open the 2009 event on March 20th, and running until the 29th of March. As this is written, leading antique dealers have confirmed their participation. EURANTICA 2009 will gather 150 exhibitors with fully a third of them originating in international locations.  Attendance estimates for 2009 forecasts 28,000 visitors.

EURANTICA will continue its emphasis on the importance of  traditional and vintage furniture, whether individual pieces or large ensembles. The organizers ask the exhibitors that the furniture be integrated into elegant and original compositions, allowing the visitors to discover ensembles in settings combining furnishings, decorative objects and paintings, ranging from the traditional to the unusual, from pieces the antique dealer falls in love with, to collectors’ items that cannot be ignored.

Giving priority to the authenticity of the pieces and to the confidence of the buyers, the organizers have appointed 30 experts, prominent Belgians and foreigners, to inspect the merchandise exhibitors’ before the show opens its doors.   In addition, five expert consultants are on hand to inform and advise buyers throughout the show.

This year the show’s theme is “Palaces”.  A “Preview”, a day reserved for a special showing culminated by a festive evening, will take place on March 19th from 2:00pm until 11:00pm.  Several thousand selected guests from the world of antiques, will gather, as always in quest of a unique selection.

Ladies’ Day, a day free of charge for female collectors, is planned for Friday, March 27.   Once again, the participation of French galleries and German will appeal to foreign collectors.

Entry price: 15€ /person • Catalogue price: 10€ • Combined rate: entrance + catalogue: 20 €

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Cologne, Germany - The 43rd ART COLOGNE will take place in Cologne from April 22nd to 26th, 2009.  For a total of five days, some 180 galleries from Germany and abroad will present modern classics, post-war art and contemporary art.

ART COLOGNE will offer painting, sculpture, installations, video art, photography, works on paper, editions and multiples in a select presentation of the healthy variety of the modern and contemporary art trade in Europe and overseas.

High-end galleries at ART COLOGNE 2009

The International Advisory Committee has convened in Cologne to select exhibitors for the 2009 edition of ART COLOGNE.  A strong field of 180 international exhibitors is comprised of leading dealers and major galleries from all corners of the globe.

The Fair is set to showcase the whole palette of 20th and 21st-century art and a comprehensive range of the latest art-market trends. "With the support of the International Advisory Committee we've worked conscientiously to increase exhibitor quality and we'll see these results at the upcoming event,' says ART COLOGNE Director Daniel Hug.

Show designers will concentrate on a two-level plan maximizing visual impact and strengthening the Fair's attractiveness to visitors. The new venue, Hall 11, located next to the south entrance of the Cologne Trade Fair Centre, will be technically and optically enhanced.

The first level will be dedicated to galleries specializing in classical modern art and post-war art. The second level will showcase contemporary art, emerging art, the Open Space' exhibition and the New Contemporaries' section.

This year's members of the International Advisory Committee are: Hendrik A. Berinson (Gallery Berinson, Berlin); Jörn Bötnagel (BQ, Cologne); Valerie Carberry (Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago); Darren Flook (Hotel, London); Steve Hanson (China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles); Dennis Kimmerich (Gallery Dennis Kimmerich, Düsseldorf); Christian Nagel (Gallery Christian Nagel, Berlin/Cologne); Niklas Svennung (Gallery Chantal Crousel, Paris); and Hans Mayer (Gallery Hans Mayer, Düsseldorf).

This link for further information on ARTCOLOGNE is provided for your convenience . .


Brussels, Belgium - The 27th edition of artbrussels will be held from April 24th  to the 27th, 2009.  During the previous edition, 32,851 visitors from the international art world made their way to Europe’s foremost cutting-edge art fair.

artbrussels will feature 180 art galleries that have been carefully selected by the international selection committee. One-third of the participants are from Belgium, the rest are from Europe or the rest of the world. The list of participating galleries will be available on the website from January 2009.

brussels has a young image, due to the great number of works by promising young artists from a variety of countries that is exhibited alongside work by established names. This formula attracts an audience of art enthusiasts as well as being interesting for museum directors, art critics and collectors who come to the fair to spot the new trends in the international art world.

Specialised zones

artbrussels is subdivided into three specialised zones: 

  • Art Galleries: established galleries;

  • Young Talent: galleries that primarily promote up-and-coming, innovative artists;

  • First Call: Young, up-and-coming galleries that have been invited by artbrussels' collectors committee.

OFF-programme and debates
The 27th edition of artbrussels will once more present an OFF-programme with international exhibitions in Belgian museums and visits to private collections.   And, for the third time, artbrussels will provide a platform inside the fair that will allow a number of selected artists to create a work of art for the fair.   Debates with leading figures from the international art world will once more be included in the programme.

Practical information
artbrussels will be held in Brussels Expo, halls 1 and 3, Belgiëplein 1 in 1020 Brussels. From the April 24th to the 27th, 2009 and is open from 11.00 to 19.00. There are free guided tours daily at 15.00 and 17.00.   The entrance fee is 15 Euros and a two-day ticket is 25 Euros. There is a reduced price of 10 Euros for students and per person for groups of more than 10 people. The exhibition catalogue costs 25 Euros. A combined ticket (one entrance ticket and one catalogue) costs 35 Euros.
   Dates: April 24 - 27, 2009

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The American International Fine Art Fair in Palm Beach
Marks 12th Anniversary with Expanded Program for Collectors

PALM BEACH, FL – December 16th, 2008 – An extraordinary array of exceptional works of art, antiques, and jewelry will add to the allure of Florida’s Gold Coast February 4 - 8, 2009 as the Palm Beaches host the American International Fine Art Fair. This event is once again recognized by The Art Newspaper as America’s only 5-star art and antique fair.

This year, Pauline Boardman, Mario Buatta, Thomas Quick, and Hilary and Wilbur Ross are co-chairs of the Collectors and Connoisseurs Committee.

More than 90 prestigious exhibitors from more than 13 countries are anticipated to attract local and international connoisseurs, as well as the Palm Beach cultural community, for an international event highlighted by carefully vetted exhibits featuring artwork of all periods and disciplines. Among the participating dealers are: Adelson Galleries (New York), Brenske Gallery (Munich), Derek Johns (London), Galerie Cazeau-Beraudiere (Paris), Goedhuis Contemporary (New York), Galerie Terminus (Munich), Hollis Taggart (New York), Imperial Books and Oriental Art (New York), L. Codosero, Galleriea de Arte Antiguo (Madrid), John Mitchell & Sons (London), MacConnal-Mason (London), Moretti Fine Art, Ltd. (Florence, London and New York), Richard Green (London), Royal Athena Galleries (New York), Tai Gallery (Santa Fe), and Wienrroither & Kohlbacher (Vienna).

In addition, the Fair offers the largest collection of period and haute couture jewelry found in any U.S. exhibition. Participants include Buccellati, David Morris, Gioia, Graff, Harry Winston, Richters, Sabbadini, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Veronique Bamps.

“Within the realm of art and antique fairs, the Palm Beach event is globally recognized as America’s most glamorous and elegant art & antique fair,” says David Lester, who founded the event in 1997 with his wife Lee Ann. The Lesters have resumed ownership this year at the request of the dealers and will personally provide direction of the Fair which next year marks its 12th anniversary. Originally known as the Palm Beach International Art and Antique Fair, the first event was conducted under the canopy of a temporary facility on Flagler Avenue in 1997.

Today, having expanded to the spacious new Palm Beach County Convention Center, the Fair presents an even larger and varied range of exhibitions and prestigious participants. “This event has progressed greatly since its inception,” says Lester. “Yet, the growth is due to more than the superb quality of the artwork displayed. The event provides a unique, elegant yet intimate atmosphere, which makes possible a special interaction between the dealers and collectors. The goal of the Fair is to provide exhibitors with a world class venue for showcasing their artwork and opportunity to develop new relationships with fledgling collectors as well as connoisseurs who regularly peruse the global marketplace seeking rare and unusual acquisitions.”

The organizers will offer a newly devised full slate of daily activities for Fair visitors in 2009. Many will have the opportunity to visit a number of the Palm Beaches’ multiple recreational, cultural and landmark architectural venues. The Fair offers a new “EveryWhim” concierge service to VIP fair attendees.

Daytime activities allow for golf, tennis and beach outings. Educational and informative lectures will take place daily at the Fair. Groups will be hosted at daily brunches, high teas, and cocktail parties on the floor of the Fair. Evening invitational events include private dinners at the Norton Museum of Art, the Flagler Museum and Donald Trump’s exquisite Mar-a-Lago estate.

The event commences February 3 with a private Vernissage and reception sponsored by legendary jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels. Proceeds from the reception will benefit the Norton Museum of Art. The Norton Museum will feature exhibitions of works by Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams concurrently during the Fair, and there will be reciprocal admission between the Fair and the museum during the week.

On Friday evening, the organizers and dealers will host a unique tribute evening to honor regional museum directors who have made special contributions to the cultural community of the Southeast United States. Among the honorees are three museum directors including John Blades, from The Flagler Museum, Christina Orr-Cahall, from The Norton Museum, and Myra Janco Daniels, from the Naples Museum of Art. The cocktail and dinner event will take place at the Flagler Museum’s new glass atrium, which overlooks Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway.

“The extraordinary scope of art, antiques and jewelry are only part of what makes this annual Fair week so wonderful,” says Lester. “For many, the experience of a midwinter visit to the Palm Beaches is a special experience unto itself. It offers a chance for collectors to partake of a full range of local cultural events, the warm hospitality of the fair’s dealers, and an opportunity to spend time in uniquely elegant environments throughout each day and evening.

General admission fees to the American International Fine Art Fair vary from $25 for a one day pass to $35 for a multi-day pass (or $45 and $55 respectively with hard-cover catalog).

For more details on activities and to view list of exhibitors, visit the American International Fine Art Fair website at or phone organizers at (239) 949-5411.