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TEFAF releases 2016 exhibitor list
Hilaire Ledru (1769-1840), Indigence and Honor. Oil on canvas, 212 x 280 cm. Photo: Didier Aaron & Cie.

HELVOIRT.- TEFAF Maastricht has released the exhibitor list for the 2016 fair, which includes a number of highly regarded new exhibitors from around the globe, whose presence will serve to enrich the offering to collectors. TEFAF is regarded as the world’s leading art fair and an essential date for major private and institutional collectors from around the globe. Going into its 29th year, TEFAF continues to build upon its exacting standards, bringing together only the finest specialists across a wide range of disciplines to create both a vibrant marketplace and a vital forum for collectors, museum curators and international dealers. TEFAF 2016 will take place from 11-20 March at the MECC (Maastricht Exhibition and Congress Centre), Maastricht, The Netherlands.

The 2016 edition of TEFAF will welcome 269 exhibitors, including new exhibitors in TEFAF Haute Joaillerie, TEFAF Paper, TEFAF Modern and TEFAF Antiques. In TEFAF Haute Joaillerie, master jeweller Wallace Chan, Hong Kong, will present his astonishing jewelled sculptures whilst New York-based jewellers, Verdura will present contemporary versions of Suzanne Belperron’s iconic designs. The TEFAF Paper section continues to grow in strength, adding to its roster of dealers Eric Gillis Fine Art, Brussels, Patrick Heide, London, and Mireille Mosler Ltd, New York.

TEFAF Modern will incorporate Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, who last year participated in Night Fishing, curated by Sydney Picasso; revered London dealers Waddington Custot and Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai, Singapore, Hong Kong, whilst TEFAF Antiques welcomes Burzio, London dealers in antiques and works of art; Asian Art specialists Sydney L. Moss, London and Jean-Michel Renard, Bellenaves, experts in rare musical instruments. TEFAF is also delighted to welcome back Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, and Maison d’Art, Monaco.

TEFAF has long been selected as the platform of choice for dealers to present fresh - to-market and re-discovered works. Beck & Eggeling, Düsseldorf, will offer Dynamik Structure, 1957, one of the earliest works by German artist Heinz Mack (1931-present). This work has been acquired directly from the artist’s estate and will be offered for sale for the first time at TEFAF. Mack is well known for his contributions to op art, light art and kinetic art, and this work was created in the same year that the ZERO Movement, of which Mack was a founder member, was established.

German Expressionism has historically been well represented at TEFAF and the 2016 edition of the fair will see at least two exceptional examples on display. Nächtliche Phantasielandschaft, circa 1930-32, by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880 -1938), which has been also been acquired directly from the artist’s estate and will be on display with Galerie Henze & Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern. The nocturnal subject matter of the painting and the literal translation to ‘Nocturnal imaginary landscape’ gives the viewer an insight into Kirchner’s imagination. In addition, with strong use of night-blue and yellow, the work has a sense of melancholy. Alongside Kirchner, Galerie de la Béraudière, Geneva, will bring La Horde, 1927, by Max Ernst (1891 -1976), which has been in a private collection since 1966. Ernst’s iconic style is in abundance in this work and it demonstrates eloquently how central he was to the Dada and Surrealist movements.

TEFAF is known for the annual showcase it provides for works of art from all periods, from earliest antiquity to the present day. One of the earliest objects within the 2016 Fair, is an Egyptian Lug-handled Jar with Flamingoes from the Predynastic Period, Naqada II, circa 3500 3300 B.C. Exhibited by Cahn International, Basel, this conically tapered jar has been crafted from clay and has three pierced lug handles on the shoulder, decorated on both sides with a group of nine stylised flamingoes.

TEFAF Design regularly wins plaudits for the quality of objects for sale as well as the standards of display. Galerie Dansk Møbelkunst, Paris/Copenhagen, will bring a pair of outstanding deck chairs by one of Denmark’s finest makers, Hans Wegner (1914 -2007), whose inimitable style has subsequently been reproduced by many makers around the world. Wegner was one of the foremost Danish cabinet and furniture makers, who had considerable influence on the rise in popularity for mid-century Danish design.

Galerie Aveline, Paris, will bring an exceptional set of six carved and giltwood Régence armchairs (1715-1723), which are upholstered with tapestries, most probably from the Beauvais factory, one of the most revered workshops in France. The tapestries depict scenes from the Fables de la Fontaine, which comprised 239 fables of varying lengths and were in the main adapted from the classical fabulists Aesop, Babrius and Phaedrus.

The full 2016 exhibitor list is available online at

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