BRAFA (Brussels Art Fair) in collaboration with Russian Art and Culture is delighted to welcome the State Tretyakov Gallery with the lecture “Paradoxes or the secrets of old paintings”. The event will take place on February 1, 2018 at Tour&Taxis in Brussels at 4 pm. Special favorable conditions are reserved for readers and subscribers of Russian Art and Culture. 

BRAFA is one of the oldest art fairs in the world. The 2018 fair will be held from January 27 till February 4 and will feature 134 galleries from 16 countries, with galleries showing work from antiquity to contemporary. 

Brafa Art Talks is the cycle of daily lectures that brings together a wide range of specialists from the art world, museum directors, conservators, collectors and experts. The talks are held daily at 4 pm in the BRAFA Lounge and are free for all guests of the Fair.

This year BRAFA, in collaboration with Russian Art and Culture, welcomes the Tretyakov leading researcher and curator, Svetlana Usacheva, a PhD in History of Art with her lecture, “Paradoxes, or the secrets of old paintings”. The lecture is devoted to mysteries related to works of Russian painters of XIX century, the classical era of the National School of Fine Art. It is worth noting that this is the period least known among Western European specialists. 

State Tretyakov Gallery has one of the world’s largest collections of Russian art. The story of this famous collection begins in 1856, when Moscow merchant Pavel Mikhaylovich Tretyakov (1832-1898) started buying works of Russian painters, mostly his contemporaries. After creating the first public museum of national art in Russia, Tretyakov gifted it to the city of Moscow in 1892.

Nowadays Tretyakov Gallery represents a broad panorama on the development of Russian art from XI to XXI century. The museum’s collection holds more than 180 000 paintings, works on paper, sculptures and craftworks. Tretyakov Gallery is a museum with long-standing research traditions and enormous scientific potential. Now a new program of modernisation in the field of research is underway.

Favorable admission for readers of RA+C:

Please contact before January 29th to book your free ticket to the lecture and access to the BRAFA Art Fair. You will be able to pick up your ticket on the day of the lecture not later than 4h30pm at the VIP-desk at the Fair entrance. You will be asked to give your name – please mention that you are from Russian Art and Culture. On February 1 the Fair will be open from 11am till 10pm.

  • Date: 01 February 2018
  • BRAFA Lounge Avenue du Port 88, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  • Time: 4 pm
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