At this year’s TEFAF Maastricht, the annual Dutch art fair will introduce two new features for guests, one of which will be noticed immediately: the entrance hall has been completely redesigned by Amsterdam-based designer Tom Postma, using the metaphor “Palace of the Arts” as a focal point. It’s designed to highlight the effect of light on different surfaces, ranging across textured, translucent and transparent materials.
From left: Eight-light-chandelier, exhibited by Kunsthandel Peter, Muhlbauer. 'Mobelfabrik Possenbacher Damensalon' from 'Haus Laeisz,' Prof. Eduard Pfeiffer, exhibited by Otto von Mitzlaff. Dieppe Bone and Ivory Chair, exhibited by Mallett.
“It is in the TEFAF entrance hall that people make the transition from regular daily life to the magic and mystery of the art,” said Postma, who worked in cahoots with Pieter Huijgen, the head of lighting at the Dutch National Opera. “To allow this process to happen the entrance has to be something spectacular, something truly out of the ordinary.”
From left: Louis XV commode, Adrien Delorme, exhibited by Galerie Aveline. Mae West Lips Sofa, Salvador Dali, exhibited by Patrick Derom Gallery.
Also new this year is Night Fishing, a curated showcase of post-modern and contemporary art that complements TEFAF Modern section and makes reference to the some 7,000 years of art history represented throughout the fair. The focus for the inaugural year of Night Fishing will be sculpture, and is curated by author and collector Sydney Picasso. Why “Night Fishing”? It references both the fishing practice of using light to lure fish to the surface at night and Picasso’s 1939 painting, Night Fishing at Antibes, located at MoMA, New York.
Elysee Bookcase and Pair of Armchairs, Pierre Paulin, exhibited by Demisch Danant.
Additionally, TEFAF Maastricht 2015 includes the loan exhibition Teyler’s Legacy. On loan from the Teylers Museum in Haarlem in The Netherlands, the exhibition shows a selection of 28 drawings dated from the Renaissance to the 21st century. On view in the TEFAF Paper section, it juxtaposes works from the 15th through 17th centuries against those by contemporary European artists.
Additionally, the TEFAF Art Symposium is hosting Private Goes Public, which examines the motivations behind collecting and sharing art.
TEFAF Maastricht 2015 runs from March 13 to March 22, in the MECC Maastricht exhibition hub.