With this in mind, he became chairman of the category after last year’s fair and, together with a selection committee of other dealers in the field, helped upgrade its 57 exhibitors with an impressive list of 14 Modern and contemporary newcomers. These include Pace, Simon Lee, Max Hetzler and Sprüth Magers, while other galleries return to Maastricht — in the case of Gmurzynska, after a 17-year break.
The plan, Van de Weghe says, is to swell the fair’s visitors with the more plentiful buyers of Modern art, and turn them on to high-quality older works that could complement their taste. It’s a cross-collecting trend that other fairs, such as Frieze Masters, have also tapped into and it mirrors Van de Weghe’s own collecting habits.
“I’ve been showing at Tefaf Maastricht for more than 10 years and, little by little, I’ve got to know the dealers in Old Masters, in coins, in Greek and Roman art, and I’ve started to mix.”