On March 17, 2015 I had a chance to visit the TEFAF art fair with the ClubJV Privilège, which organises a series of cultural visits and events and is reserved to the subscribers to Juliette et Victor, which is a French-speaking arts and lifestyle magazine, published in Belgium.
There was an almost immediate connection and friendship established by many members of the group, once we boarded the bus. After all, we were all there united by one common interest — art. There were art collectors, art enthusiasts and artists, like myself.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the personnel of the fair and welcomed in the beautiful TEFAF lounge. Afterwards we formed small groups each with its own tour guide, and were led to explore the jewels of the beautiful art fair.
Our tour guide led us to see the installation called Night Fishing. Night Fishing presented artists previously not shown at the fair, such as the Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias and her polyester resin container with descending and ascending water, which to me evoked the tides and the eternal movement of our planet and life in general.
From our tour of the fair, two works of art stand out: a monumental painting by Anselm Kiefer, “Merkaba” (apparently the largest painting at Tefaf), and the captivating “Lailla”, painted in 1908 by Kees van Dongen.
When the tour was over, our group members were able to spend the afternoon discovering the fair at their own pace, breathing in the scent of fresh tulips, so characteristic of the TEFAF, and of course, admiring a fine selection of amazing works of art.
Juliette et Victor published my review (written in French) of the visit to TEFAF on its website.