21st TAF at De Duif in Amsterdam
art and artefacts from Africa, Asia and Oceania.

For the 21st edition of the Tribal Art Fair (TAF) from 26 to 29 October, 20 dealers from 9 countries will gather at De Duif in Amsterdam. The TAF is internationally renowned among collectors and art lovers for the quality and variety of objects. The fair attracts visitors from all over the world.

Every year, on the last weekend of October, the church De Duif on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam is the extraordinary setting for the TAF where dealers exhibit their best objects from Africa, Asia, Oceania and South America. The range of objects varies from African masks, statues, jewellery and textiles from Asia, to wickerwork, shields and ancestor statues from Oceania. These and other enchanting works of art can be found in all price categories.

“For both exhibitors and visitors, the TAF is an annual event to look forward to,” says initiator Finette Lemaire. “The beautiful location, the historic church De Duif, in combination with the most beautiful objects from all over the world and a program of interesting lectures, makes this yearly fair an inspiring experience for all visitors, both experienced collectors and simply lovers of beautiful objects. Feedback shows that those who have visited the TAF once are so enthusiastic that they return every year.”

Among the exhibitors this year, there are many returning participants, such as Adam Prout Ethnographic Art from UK, Galerie Punchinello from France, Michael Woerner Oriental Art from Thailand, Raccanello Tribal Art from Austria and Zubek Gallery from Germany. New participants this year are Joe Loux from the United States and Raphaël Sevette from Switzerland. Prior to the fair, experts check the authenticity of all objects exhibited.

The lecture program during the TAF this year will include two book presentations, a mini-symposium on ‘Authenticity in tribal art’ and a lecture by Arnold Wentholt on the collection of the architect Aldo van Eyck. The book presentations include “Oog in oog met de goden” by Alexander Reeuwijk about the idol of Nataraja, the dancing Shiva, in the Rijksmuseum, and Cache-sexe by Emeritus Professor of Urology Philip Van Kerrebroeck, an anthropological study of the human need to cover the genitals.

The TAF is held in De Duif the last weekend of October and welcomes everyone with an interest in ethnographic art.

Preview : Thursday, October 26, 3-7 PM, by invitation only
Date: Friday October 27 to Sunday October 29, 2023
Opening hours: from 11 am to 6 pm
Location: De Duif, Prinsengracht 756, Amsterdam
Entrance : € 7.50
Catalogue: appears online mid-September