"THE JUNE 2009 BRUNEAF TRIBAL FAIR IN BRUSSELS"  

*photos courtesy of Sam Singer and Clive Loveless

 

 

This year there were projections that sales at Bruneaf might be dismal because of the global recession.  On the contrary, many dealers reported decent sales. Interestingly, the "flop" happened instead at the Paris auctions, which to date had been virtually immune to the downturn. 

Kevin Conru tells me that "Bruneaf was surprisingly okay this year.  Not a stellar year, but far from a bad one.  As long as the price to quality ratio made sense, folks responded".   Kevin's report is overall consistent with others I've heard.  The bottom line is that many collectors need that "art fix" and nothing can keep them from getting it for very long, not even a wretched economy.  Bruneaf organized an exhibition called "Congo Mythical Masks" to honor the major temporary exhibition called "Persona, Ritual masks and Contemporary Art" organized by the Royal Museum for Central Africa based in Tervuren. 

Everyone looks forward to the Bruneaf art week which is both a rich art and social experience.  Regretfully, I couldn't attend this year but I still wanted to provide you with some great images to record this exciting event.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marc Felix and Pierre Loos, opening night of exhibition of "Congo Mythical Masks"

exhibition of "Congo Mythical Masks"

exhibition of "Congo Mythical Masks"

exhibition of "Congo Mythical Masks"

 

Tad Dale:  New Guinea Washkuk house board

 

Conru

        

Conru

 

  

Conru

Conru

Conru

Conru

 

Conru

 

 

Serge and Lulu Schoffel

 

 

Coppens

 

BOAF, Michael Woerner Oriental Art:  Buddha's Footprint, Burma 18th-19th c.

 

BOAF, Exhibition of Marcel Nies, Antwerp

Marcel Nies

Antonio Casanovas showing clients an unusual Bamana(?) figure in natural light

 

       

Casanovas

   

Casanovas

 

 

Manfredi: Group of Dayak Mandau swords

 

Manfredi holding a Javanese Topeng mask

 

Manfredi, Modang Dayak Panel Borneo

 

Yann once again had the biggest poster for the myopic.

 

Yann Ferrandin

 

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