Please mark your agenda for the 25th edition of BRUNEAF, the Brussels Non European Art Fair: it opens Wednesday June 10 at 3pm and runs until Sunday June 14th at the Sablon in Brussels. This edition counts 47 participants; you can download the fair’s catalogue here.
For the quarter-century anniversary, there will be a special exhibition, called Uzuri Wa Dunia* – Belgian Treasures, curated by Didier Claes and presenting 100 objects from Belgian collections (*Swahili for ‘The Beauty of the World’). A selection of the finest pieces sold by its participants at BRUNEAF in past years (the show’s working title was Found@BRUNEAF), it is intended to be an homage to and a gesture of appreciation toward the collectors who have made BRUNEAF. Below a teaser. Let’s hope there are some treasures to be found this year too!
Two lectures also have been announced: the first, on Chokwe art, will be presented by Julien Volper of the Musée Royal d’Afrique in Tervuren and Félix Kaputu on Friday 12 June at 6PM. The second, titled L’Art Africain d’Hier à Aujourd’hui (African Art from Yesterday to Today) will be given by Marc Leo Félix and Roger Pierre Turine. Its title and subject resonate with the mission of this year’s guest of honor, the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, headquartered in Luanda (Angola). This lecture takes place Saturday 13 June at 6PM, also at the NH Hotel on the Sablon.
Julien Volper also curated the not-to-be-missed exhibition Giant Masks from the Congo (info), which is still running during BRUNEAF and only a 5-minute walk from the Sablon.