Over the years TEFAF Maastricht has established an unrivalled reputation
as the world’s leading fair for art, antiques and design.
TEFAF was born 30 years ago in Maastricht, a picturesque medieval-era
city in the southernmost Dutch province of Limburg, built on Roman
ruins, with a vibrant cultural life. In the 1980s two fairs - Antiquairs
International, an antiques fair, and Pictura Fine Art Fair, for
paintings - merged to become a new entity; in 1988 it was renamed The
European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), relocating to the Maastricht Exhibition
and Congress Centre (MECC), which had just been built.
Since then, the fair has grown exponentially and today it is a
destination for collectors, curators, museum directors, conservators and
all other lovers of arts and antiques. The fair only continued to grow,
adding sections to its roster based on both gallery and patron interest.
The Modern and Contemporary Painting section was added in 1991, followed
by La Haute Joaillerie du Monde in 1992, and Books, Manuscripts & Maps,
plus Classical Antiquities in 1993. TEFAF Paper, a section devoted
entirely to artworks on paper, was established in 2006. In 2009 a new
section, called TEFAF Design, was introduced to strengthen its appeal in
a field which attracts a growing number of private and professional