Exhibition opening: Rashomon at Plus One
Thursday, 15 September, 18-21h00 Antwerp
Last week the gallery season kicked off with a bang in Brussels, taking a bit of spotlight away from all the other fantastic openings across the country. A show you shouldn’t miss in Antwerp is “Rashomon” at Plus One Gallery, a solo expo of Belgian artist Jean-Pierre Temmerman. The exhibition features previously unseen works from the past 15 years ranging from small, intimate watercolour paintings to rather monumental works. The exhibition title refers to a movie of the same name by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, a film that suggests that an absolute, objective truth does not exist and gives a prominent role to nature, just as Temmerman.
Design: The New Belgians at BIP
Opening Friday, 16 September Brussels
As every autumn, the month of September is all about design in Belgium’s capital. The annual festival connects and showcases Brussels’ eclectic design scene by offering a multitude of exhibitions, pop-up shops, tours and workshops all over town. An absolute must-see is the group expo “The New Belgians” at BIP, showcasing a bunch of emerging Belgian design talents featuring Frederique Ficheroulle, Romy Design Studio, Valentin Van Ravestyn, Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte Design Studio, and PaulinePlusLuis. By the way, the exhibition was already shown at the prestigious Salone del Mobile in Milan last April. A great opportunity to discover Belgium’s design stars of tomorrow!
Season opening: Vecteur
Friday, 16 September, 19-3h00 Charleroi
Charleroi’s cultural hub Vecteur is back after the summer break with a huge season opening event offering an interesting mixture of music and art. While art collective Fantastic Sabbat, located somewhere between graffiti and comic art, presents the wall-sized result of their residence at Vecteur, Quadrupède, Bras-Man, Why the Eye and others will rock the stage.
Art meets music: Come Together at Beursschouwburg
Opens on 16 September Brussels and Dilbeek
Brussels art center Beursschouwburg’s new season kicks off this month with a multifaceted programme that is all about crossing borders and bringing people together. Teaming up with initiatives in other Belgian cities, “Come Together” offers an exciting mix of videos, installations, performances, and more. For the opening weekend in Dilbeek Beursschouwburg is organizing free shuttle buses.
Music: Crevette records launch
Opens on 16 September Brussels
Brussels’ Marolles neighbourhood is getting another great addition this month, when Crevette records opens its doors for the first time. The record store, focusing on techno, house, minimal, and everything that’s danceable, is the brainchild of a true music nerd, Pim Thomas, part of local music collectives DJ Borealis and We Bring You. There’s also a small bar if all that crate-digging makes you thirsty.
Photography I: Toshio Shibata at Ibasho gallery
Opens on Friday, 16 September Antwerp
“Bridge” is the first solo exhibition ever of contemporaryJapanese photographer Toshio Shibata. As one of Japan’s most prominent landscape photographers, he is known for exploring the delicate balance between man-made structures and nature. What’s more, Shibata has a very special relationship with Belgium, as the exhibition reveals…
Photography II: David Widart at Galerie Central
Opens on Friday, 16 September Liège
“Yours, Mine, Done” is a solo exhibition showcasing the work of Belgian photographer David Widart. He is mainly known for capturing urban landscapes and rough, powerful portraits. His book “La roue voilée” was awarded with the Fernand Baudin prize. The show consists of a a selection of photos dating back to 2012, when David took up analogue photography, staying true to his two major interests: urban views, the human being, and their imperfections. By the way, it’s is first exhibition in colour.
Shopping: Brussels Midi market at Anderlecht’s old veterinary school
17 and 18 September Brussels
This month sees the very first edition of the Brussels Midi market, which will feature a carefully curated selection of artist creations across different genres from design and fashion to ceramics, jewellery, zines, photographs, and more. Besides the massive exhibition hall there is a lovely, green outdoor chill zone to relax, numerous food trucks for the hungry, and concerts by local DJs and bands for music fans.
Photography III: Lara Gasparotto at Stieglitz
Opens on Sunday, 18 September Antwerp
Antwerp photography gallery Stieglitz invites you this Sunday for the opening of “Ask the Dusk”, showcasing new works of Belgian shooting star Lara Gasparotto. The exhibition title is also the name of her latest book, which you can get your hands on at the vernissage this weekend. A captivating, intimate, and dreamy documentation of the people and the life around her. A must-see!