THE FIRST EDITION OF
FINE ART & ANTIQUES FAIR
Last month the FINE Art & Antiques Fair took place at the beautiful estate of
Kasteel Groeneveld in Baarn. More than 60 exhibitors presented both rare and old
as well as refreshing contemporary art. Of course LEEM WONEN was there
and had a very enthusiastic chat with the team members who organized this first edition.
The perfect location
Estate Groeneveld has a rich history and is characterized by French and English style elements. The impressive country house was built around 1710 and one of the finest examples when it concerns the Rococo style. At that time, for rich urban residents, mainly from Amsterdam, this was considered to be the perfect location for a country house. Since the 17th century, regents and merchants came to country estates to enjoy the good life at some distance from the city: peace, space, fresh air, nature, culture, good food, meetings and good conversations. And you can still enjoy yourself in style. In 2018 it turned out to be the perfect location for the FINE Art & Antiques Fair.
Richly filled castle rooms
Initially the house only consisted of the middle section of the main building and the two outhouses: the coach house and the orangery. The curved side wings were built around 1760. Fortunately, because these rooms lend themselves perfectly for leading galleries to exhibit their antiques, collectibles, silver, jewelery, ancient and contemporary art.
Striking details, such as the beautiful stucco from the 18th century in the stairwell and the wall paintings on the first floor, added extra power to this art fair.
Atmospheric outdoor ambiance
Between 1976 and 1981 the park of the estate has been radically restored. Landscape architect Michael van Gessel shuffled the strict Baroque style with its geometric shapes and the English landscape style.
Directly behind the castle, with views over the waters, streams, meandering paths, hills and trees, a spacious pavilion with a great diversity of artwork was set up. And around the cozy covered outdoor terrace, visitors could enjoy outdoor objects such as bronze birds, which merged seamlessly into the surrounding nature.
Follow up; save the date!
Sandra Broerse, one of the organizers, says: “It was fantastic to organize this new art fair, as we intended, with the cooperation of Kasteel Groeneveld and the trust of the exhibitors. In this way we were able to show high-quality work at a sublime location. The exhibitors were very impressed with the number (more than 10,000!) and the level of the visitors. Such a success obviously should be followed up and therefor I can tell you that we already planned a second edition. Save the date: 26-29 September, 2019. The exhibitors, Kasteel Groeneveld and we are already looking forward to it!