In 2021, fairs around the world begin to return to normal, with major fairs being held in New York, London, Paris and Miami. But on Thursday, the European Fine Arts Fair (TEFAF) says that the Dutch edition of 2022, scheduled for release between 12 and 20 March in Maastricht, will not go as planned.
Citing “increasing concern around the global volatility of Covid-19” amid the threat from the Omicron variant, the fair said it was exploring holding the fair at a later date on 2022. According to a press release, the decision was made by the fair organizers’ board and executive committee, consisting of 13 dealers.
In a statement, TEFAF president Hidde van Seggelen said, “This is a difficult, but necessary decision, guided by three main concerns: first, the unpredictable nature of Covid-19 ; second, substantial financial risk to both TEFAF and our exhibitors if the fair is canceled before the March deadline; and third, as always, the health and safety of the TEFAF community, our exhibitors, visitors, sponsors and partners. ”
News comes a day later News Artnet published An article stated that at least 30 exhibitors withdrew from the fair upon receiving an email reminding them of the fair cancellation policy. That policy, which has been in place since the exhibition application was released in July, states that if TEFAF Maastricht is canceled after December 15, the fair will withhold its deposits. exhibitors for a total of €7,500 ($8,400) to “cover fair and administrative planning and production costs” and return all other monies.
On Tuesday, in a statement sent to ARTnews, the organizers of the fair said, “We are aware of a small group of exhibitors who have publicly voiced that TEFAF should refund all monies paid to the organization to date. As a non-profit organization, TEFAF is simply not qualified to bear all of its losses. ” TEFAF also said that more than 200 exhibitors have “voluntarily offered to make a deposit to ensure the long-term health of the organization.”
TEFAF is the first major fair to change its plans for 2022. Still scheduled for the first few months of the year are FOG Design + Art in San Francisco in January, ZONA Maco in Mexico City and Frieze Los Angeles in February, and ARCO Madrid March. TEFAF says that the New York fair, scheduled for May, has so far been unaffected by the Dutch decision to postpone it again.
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