Things to do in Belgium this week: concerts in Antwerp, art in Brussels, indie rock in Ghent, and more. See you there!
Opening: Lost In Space at Alice Gallery
Thursday, 27 March, 18h00-21h00 Brussels
Curated by aliceday but hosted in the space of Alice Gallery, “Lost in Space” is the result of a collaboration between two Brussels galleries with confusingly similar names and common views which even shared a booth at 2011’s Art Brussels. The group exhibition unites the works of eight different artists who don’t belong to a certain movement but whose creations all do manifest a certain “cosmic sensibility”. Featuring Belgian collective Pica Pica, Michael Swaney from Canada, French artist Gauthier Leroy and many others.
Opening: No Country for Young Men at Bozar
Thursday, 27 March Brussels
Greece and its financial crisis have been omnipresent in the media the last years, focusing on unemployment rates, government-debt and austerity measures. Bozar’s exhibition “No Country for Young Men” already hints at this background with its title, also a reference to Cormac Mc Carthy’s famous book of the same name. The group expo, curated by no other than Greek-born Katerina Gregos, the director of Art Brussels. approaches the crisis from an artistic angle, bringing together the works by 30 leading contemporary artists from Greece. “No Country for Young Men” gives you an extensive, genre-crossing overview about the state’s art scene today including artists such as Nikos Navridis, Guerilla Optimists and Marina Gioti.
Concert: School Is Cool at Trix
Thursday, 27 March, 19h30 Antwerp
Belgian outfit School Is Cool, who won the renowned Humo Rock Rally in 2011, made quite a name for themselves with their debut album “Entropology”. Now they’re releasing their second longplay effort “Nature Fear”, mixed and mastered by Scott Jacoby and Emily Lazar who’ve already worked with bigshots such as Vampire Weekend and Haim. This Thursday at Antwerp’s Trix you can experience the six-piece live on stage and get a preview of their brand new album.
Opening: Adrian Ghenie at Tim Van Laere Gallery
Thursday, 27 March, 18h00-21h00 Antwerp
Romanian-born artist Adrian Ghenie, based between London, Cluj and Berlin, is known for his rich, multi-layered paintings which are the result of mixing different materials such as photos, newspaper cuttings and paint. Ghenie, fascinated by history, also draws on archives, cinema, YouTube and history books for his artworks. His creations, always oscillating between figurative and abstract, are part of public collections such as MUHKA, MOCA and San Francisco’s MOMA. Antwerp’s Tim Van Laere Gallery now showcases a selection of his most recent works.
Night out: Get Flavor Block Party at London Calling
Friday, 28 March, 22h00 Brussels
Young, French label Get Flavor Records takes over Brussels’ London Calling to throw a party in the Belgian capital for the very first time. Behind the decks you’ll find of course their very own Night Drugs, an upcoming producer from Montpellier mixing UK garage, soulful house and French Touch. The line-up also includes a number of guest djs from both France and Belgium such as Jekyll & Hyde and Raphael Top Secret.
Books meet Vodka: Miss Law & The Chuck Norris gang
Friday, 28 March, 18h30 Brussels
More things to do in Belgium this week: Brussels’ lovely little bookshop Tipi kicks off its event season this Friday with an evening dedicated to three different photographers: Emilia Stéfani, Olivier Cornil and Philippe Herbert. They all recently got published by Yellow now and will present the brand new books as well as artist editions and self-produced publications. Plus, Vodka will be served…
Opening: Pionnières at CAB
Friday, 28 March, 10h00-17h00 Brussels
The group exhibition “Pionnières” at Brussels’ CAB brings together a selection of major art pieces stemming from Belgian private collections and created by some of today’s greatest female artists who all can be considered as pioneers in their very own way. An impressive, fascinating and diverse line-up featuring American artist Roni Horn, South African-born Marlène Dumas, Iranian artist Shirin Neshat and many more.
Night out: Hindu Nights at Vooruit
Saturday, 29 March, 23h00 Ghent
If you’re into indie rock, Belgium is not really the place to be. While Berlin and London offer indie parties galore, they’re rather scarce over here. Hindu Nights have been trying to change that and already celebrate their 6th birthday this weekend by taking you back to its beginnings when it was all about 50s and 60s soul and rock’n’roll. Accordingly, the Hindu Nights organisers are bringing some London soulmates into the mix, true rock’n’roll djs who are residents at Cherry Cola and This Feeling nights. Tickets are quite pricey at the door though, so better book some in advance.
Opening: Maggie Michael at Cecilia Jaime Gallery
Saturday, 29 March, 19h00 Ghent
With ‘Some Threads are Loosely Tied’ Ghent’s Cecilia Jaime Gallery presents a selection of works by rising American artist Maggie Michael, living and working in Washington. It’s the first solo show on European grounds for the Milwaukee-born artist. Her creations are energetic, colourful, sensual and dynamic, connecting the disparate with the familiar.