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Rich pickings: An introduction to Fine Art Fair Eurantica 2017

Discover a wealth of treasures at Fine Art Fair Eurantica, which hits Mechelen this March

Eurantica is back 

After a striking debut in Mechelen last year, leading fine art and antiques fair Eurantica returns to the city in March for an action-packed 36th edition. Welcoming 95 leading exhibitors from Belgium and abroad, the stellar annual rendezvous (18-26 March, tickets €15-25) will see 25,000 collectors – from enthusiasts to seasoned pros alike – descend on airy exhibition venue the Nekkerhal – Brussels North. As ever, 25 experts will be on hand to vet the wares, spanning modern art and Old Masters, alongside rare jewellery and desirable vintage design and furniture.

The move to Mechelen

Decamping from its longtime home of Brussels to the increasingly arty city of Mechelen in 2016 has reaped rewards for the veteran fair, which has added curious Flemish visitors to its solid Francophone collector base. While the Nekkerhal – Brussels North counts among the most versatile exhibition venues run by organiser Easyfairs (also behind the esteemed Art Brussels and Antica Namur), with boons like ample on-site parking, Mechelen itself boasts excellent strategic links. A 20-minute drive from Antwerp and the Belgian capital, the Nekkerhal is a 10-minute walk from Mechelen train station, with direct links to the cities of Antwerp, Brussels and Ghent.  

E is for eclectic 

As usual, eclecticism is the order of the day. “Next to pieces from the 18th century in France or the 19th century in England, you can see African art, pre-Columbian art, European silverware, etc. The visitors love this versatility,” says Exhibition Manager Luc Darte. Participating galleries will show roughly 50% antiques, 40% modern and contemporary art, and 10% ethnic art, offering something for all tastes. Celebrated Belgian artists like Paul Delvaux, Léon Spilliaert and Felicien Rops will be on display alongside Tang Dynasty pottery and haute Parisian costume jewellery house Gripoix. 

From fair to festival

From Bozar’s Head of Exhibitions, Sophie Lauwers, weighing in on the gallery’s current Pol Bury show, to a sneak peak at upcoming Mechelen museum Hof van Busleyden, dedicated to Burgundian culture, Eurantica’s parallel strand of events and talks will offer visitors further food for thought. A collaboration with Mechelen City Festival OP.RECHT, which has been running since 2016, and the city’s department of Museums & Heritage, will meanwhile inform the fair’s fragrant new theme: flowers. 

Fine Art Fair Eurantica 2017
Invitation-only Preview: 16 March 
Invitation-only Launch: 17 March  
General Opening: 18-26 March 

Nekkerhal – Brussels North, Plattebeekstraat 1, Mechelen 2800, +32 (0)9 241 93 73, www.eurantica.be

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