Welcome by TEFAF

Welcome by TEFAF

In the past twenty-five years, TEFAF has evolved from a relatively small event into the world's most prestigious art and antiques fair, which last year attracted no fewer than 73,000 visitors from fifty-five countries. This year a record number of 265 exhibitors from nineteen countries will bring some 30,000 works of art to TEFAF. The Fair’s reputation for the quality and variety of the art works on offer is unrivalled, and it is for this reason that so many representatives of leading international museums travel to Maastricht in March. The Fair is a must-see for those who want to find out what is available on the art market, as well as the pre-eminent place to meet other art professionals and private collectors.

TEFAF Maastricht celebrates its Silver Jubilee in 2012. To mark its twenty-fifth anniversary, TEFAF has created a museum restoration fund, which will award each year the sum of €50,000 to one or more museum restoration projects. A jury of independent experts will decide who should receive the award and whether it should go to a single restoration plan or be split between two museums. Museums applying for this funding must have visited TEFAF in the year of application, the restored art work must be exhibited at TEFAF when the project is completed, and it must be on view to the public for at least two years afterwards.

This is only one of the many ways in which TEFAF collaborates with museums. We are proud that the Fair is visited by growing numbers of museums and museum curators, and we look forward to interesting suggestions for restoration projects.

I warmly welcome all CODART members to TEFAF Maastricht 2012 and wish them not only a fruitful visit to the Fair but also, with this first issue of CODART’s eZine, an inspiring reading experience.