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Asian art market: Brussels is host this month to the Asian and ancient art fairs. They are always an enjoyable social gathering and the jewellery, textiles and sculpture on offer are of outstanding quality.


One of the most congenial events in the art-market calender is the Brussels Oriental Art Fair (BOAF). The main reason is that BOAF is not an art fair in the conventional sense at all. Instead of the usual claustrophobic and characterless confines of an exhibition hall, the fair takes place in commercial galleries sprinkled around the city's historic antiques quarter, the Sablon--galleries that are either owned by the participants or let to their private or overseas colleagues for the duration (4-8 June). Armed with their maps, visitors stroll between them. At times it seems as much a street party as an art event. And it is not only Asian art afficionados who will be here: the fair is staged jointly with the Brusssels Ancient Art Fair (BAAF) and the Brussels Non-European Art Fair (BRUNEAF). Be assured, the event is as high-quality and as rigorously vetted as any conventional fair.



While predominantly European, this year's 31 BOAF participants come from as far afield as Indonesia, Hong Kong and the US. Among the themed exhibitions is Michael Woerner's 'Early Sculpture of South and Southeast Asia--from Gandhara to Angkor Wat'. Most of the specialist dealers simply offer their best--and the range is impressive. Gisele Croes, for instance, shows archaic Chinese bronzes, Georgia Chrischilles the arts of Tibet (Fig. 3), the Mingei Art Gallery, as its name suggests, exhibits Japanese folk art (Fig. 1), Susan Ollemans dazzles with Mughal jewellery, while Jonathan Tucker and Antonia Tozer Asian Art in London unveil mainly Buddhist and Hindu sculpture (Fig. 2).

Tucker explains the fair's appeal: 'We are returning because we meta lot of new people last year. It attracts a different client-base to both Asia Week in New York and Asian Art in London and we had a couple of hundred visitors each day even though our gallery was slightly off the beaten track. This year's venue is much more central.'

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Title Annotation:Brussels, Belgium
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Date:Jun 1, 2008
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