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Maastricht. Photo: HugoThomassen

Photo: TEFAF & the City.

MAASTRICHT AND TEFAF

A melting pot of international art and culture TEXT: MICHIEL STOL  |  PHOTOS: MAASTRICHT MARKETING

Maastricht is the Netherlands’ most European (and cosmopolitan) city, located at the heart of where the country meets Germany and Belgium. From the moment you set foot in Maastricht, you feel a unique energy and dynamism of history, art and culture. “And when TEFAF - one of the biggest and most influential art and culture fairs - lands in the city, you can feel an extra layer of chic,” says Leontien Mees, managing director of Maastricht Marketing. The name Maastricht comes from the Latin ‘Mosae Trajectum’, meaning ‘crossing over the Meuse’, which refers to the 54  |  Issue 62  |  February 2019

bridge over the river that the Romans built here around the first century AD. The city has been inhabited ever since, and today, it is the city in the Netherlands with the largest number of different nationalities among its inhabitants. “All these international influences from then and now are visible in the historic buildings and elegant houses, where you will find a rich variety of architectural styles from the early Roman period to the Maastricht Renaissance.” It also brings a whole lot of art and culture, which can be witnessed during the annual TEFAF (14 to 24 March).

TEFAF & the City Founded in 1988, TEFAF is a not-forprofit foundation which runs three fairs internationally in Maastricht and New York, as well as a programme of initiatives designed to enrich the global art community. TEFAF is one of the most influential and dynamic arts organisations in the world. Each year in March, TEFAF Maastricht provides a showcase for around 275 leading international dealers. In the MECC, the main exhibition hall for TEFAF, visitors can indulge themselves in 7,000 years of art and art history. “One of the highlights is an original 18thcentury doll house, exhibited by John