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Sculpture: Alabaster at M Leuven

From 14 October to 26 February Leuven

In the history of European sculpture, alabaster, a mineral rock softer than marble but with a similar elegant white coloring, has played a prominent role. M Leuven and the Louvre have joined forces to show how artists have been using the unique material by exhibiting significant pieces from the 14th to the 17th century in juxtaposition with contemporary works. With André Beauneveu, Sofie Muller, Tilman Riemenschneider, Jean de Cambrai, and others.

Group show: Redrawing the lines at IKOB

Runs until 8 January Eupen

art in Eupen. Pieve by Irina Botea Bucan on view at IKOB

Irina Botea Bucan

“Redrawing the Lines” brings together the works of three Romanian artists who, with a critical and humorous eye, reflect on the socio-political changes in their home country, touching upon topics such as its 42 years of communism, the transition to capitalism, and the impact of EU membership. Addressing identity politics, capitalist production, and more, the creations by Matei Bejenaru, Irina Botea Bucan, and Dani Ghercă are especially timely food for thought.

Photography: Women‘s perspectives at Fondation A Stichting

Runs until 18 December Brussels

On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Fondation A Stichting shines a light on the pieces by female artists in its collection. “Women’s perspectives” play the lead role, putting subjects such as social justice, femininity and the environment at its core. The captivating exhibition casts a wide net, including photographs by Latin American artists, major figures of photography history, artists of the German School, and more. With Yolanda Andrade, Luz María Bedoya, Diane Arbus, Andrea Geyer, and others.

Literature talk: You Have Not Yet Been Defeated at Bozar

Wednesday, 19 October, 19h30 Brussels

Named after the title of the book by Alaa Abd el-Fattah, an independent philosopher and political prisoner, Bozar dedicates an evening to writers from Egypt, highlighting the role of authors under repressive regimes. Editor-in-chief of an independent Egyptian online newspaper Lina Attalah, Booker prize nominee Ahdaf Soueif and Iman Mersal reflect on writing as a means of resistance.  What’s more: Mersal, one of the country’s major contemporary poets, will recite some of her works.

Opening: Ékstasis at Shame gallery

Thursday, 20 October, 18h00 Brussels

Shame gallery’s mission is to challenge the status quo of the Belgian art market by representing contemporary artists from diverse and often marginalised backgrounds. This Thursday, you’re invited to the opening of “Ékstasis”, ancient Greek for ‘outside of oneself’ and an expression that in classical Greek literature refers to removal of the mind or body from its normal place of function. With works by Carlos Enfedaque, Carmen De Vos, Mathieu V. Staelens, and Polly Pollet. Cocktails and surprise performances included!

Group show: Freetown at The Constant Now

Runs until 30 October Antwerp

Freetown opening night

Art space The Constant Now has launched a coaching program, POC POC, with the goal to help young artists of color build relationships with art professionals. “Freetown” is the first exhibition in this context, giving space to personal stories tracing kinship and connections between cultures, individuals and artistic practices. With works by Sadrie Alves, Gaëlle Mwamba, Hussein Shikha, Gladys Bukolo, Lou Cocody-Valentino, Maria E André, Awa Gaye, and Subin Son.

Cover photo Annabella Schwagten

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