From its modest beginning as The Pictura Fine Art Fair in 1975, to its current position as the world's leading fine art fair, TEFAF Maastricht has always sought to lead the way and set the standards which others follow.
Apart from continually improving the breadth, quality and display of the items for sale, it has presented memorable exhibitions and made ground breaking initiatives in the way the fine art world does business.
It pioneered the music and lecture programmes and has taken the initiative on issues as diverse as VAT and vetting procedures. The pr-eminent position of TEFAF Maastricht today is, as you will see, a result of much hard work over many years.
In 2012 TEFAF will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Over the years TEFAF Maastricht has come to be recognized as the world's leading art and antiques fair. As a visitor to TEFAF you will experience an event that offers an unsurpassed choice of the very best in fine art. The Fair gives you a unique chance to view and to buy paintings from gold grounds to Anish Kapoor as well as objects reflecting 7,000 years of excellence in the decorative arts. A distinctive feature of TEFAF is its elegantly displayed genuine masterpieces offered by more than 260 of the world's most prestigious art and antiques dealers from 18 countries.
TEFAF Maastricht has led the way in establishing proper vetting procedures, and they are still considered the most exacting. Twenty-nine vetting committees, made up of over 170 international experts in every field of art represented at the Fair, verify each and every object for quality, authenticity and condition, so visitors can always buy with confidence.
For directors and curators of major museums, as well as private collectors from around the world, a visit to TEFAF offers an opportunity to acquire some of the finest works still in private hands.