Literature and plantswaps in Brussels, exhibitions and parties in Antwerp, and much more. See you there!
Literature: Richard Ford at Bozar
Tuesday, 16 February, 20h00 Brussels
Richard Ford, the creative mind behind classics such as Independence Day and The Sportswriter, is one of the most celebrated American authors of our time. This Tuesday you can meet the Pulitzer Prize winner at Bozar, where he makes a pit stop for a reading, signing and Q&A session. A must for every book nerd!
Opening: RUIS collective at Tique
Wednesday, 17 February, 19h30 Antwerp
RUIS, an art collective form Antwerp that we interviewed here, unites a bunch of young, fresh photography and graphic design talents. This Wednesday you can get to know all seven of them at the second edition of Tique Salon, an initiative giving artists time and room to present their work in-depth. Expect self-published books, a photographic wall installation, and more. With Sander Adriaens, Eva Donckers, Joanna Maria Druyts, Miles Fischler, Tille Lingier, An Onghena, Valentina Stellino.
Vernissage: Opening night Part II at Chabah Yelmani Gallery
Thursday, 18 February, 18-22h00 Brussels
Chabah Yelmani Gallery, one of the most recent additions to the Brussels art scene, celebrates its very first birthday! For the festive occasion you’re invited to “Opening night part II (Chapter II)”, a multifaceted group exhibition showcasing four artists represented by the gallery: Jon DeCola, Jane Hayes Greenwood, Mooni Perry, and Eric Zindorf. The title refers to the inaugural exhibition one year ago, and marks the beginning of what is going to be an annual tradition: with “Opening night” the gallery will provide a yearly platform for its artists to experiment in a group show, manifesting its dedication to the support of exploration and trial. Read our interview with the founder here.
Opening: Forêt at Maison des Culture de St.Gilles
Thursday, 18 February Brussels
The group exhibition “Forêt” explores the multiple facets of the forest: the real and the fantastical, the inspiring and the terrifying. The multi-genre show features over 250 artworks by 18 artists, all with a connection to Brussels. Illustrations, photographs, performances and installations convey the importance of the forest as a force in the life and work of these young artists. Read our interview with the curators here.
Opening: Bruno V. Roels at Fifty One Fine Art Gallery
Thursday, 18 February, 18-21h00 Antwerp
“A Palm Tree is A Palm Tree is A Palm Tree”, Bruno V. Roels’ first solo exhibition at Fifty One Fine Art Gallery, presents a selection of the Ghent-based artist’s most recent works, about, you guessed it: palm trees. The show title is a reference to the famous Gertrude Stein verse “A rose is a rose is a rose”, a reference to Roels’ photographic practice evolving around repetition, variation and meaning. Instead of choosing his favorite shot, he reveals all possibilities, looking for poetry and photographic truth in sequences while using analogue techniques such as solarisation as well as under- and over exposure.
Residency: Emilie Pischedda & Leny Bernay at Hidden
19, 21, and 23 February Brussels
Foreseen, a Brussels-based alternative exhibition project, takes over Hidden, an art space housed in a display cabinet in the city’s museum quarter. The expo brings together two artists, Emilie Pischedda and Lény Bernay, who team up for a fascinating multimedia show, uniting sculptures, print and more while toying with sound, light, and installations around the theme of survival and chaos. Additionally, they invited two other artists to collaborate around a performative structure around music and food.
Night out: Let’s Bowie at Bar Venetie
Friday, 19 February, 22h00 Antwerp
Once a month party series “London Calling” takes over Antwerp’s Order to bring you the best of indie pop and rock, from Arctic Monkeys and Oasis to The Kinks and The Libertines. This week you get the chance to dance the night away at a very special edition that’s fully dedicated to David Bowie. The tribute night, taking place at Bar Venetie, not only offers the best Bowie tunes all night long, but also awards for the coolest David Bowie lookalike costume.
We have 2 duo tickets to give away for the night, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Greenery: Plantswap at Brass
Sunday, 21 February, 16h30-18h00 Brussels
A little while ago we introduced Brussels-based plant project Seeds to you, and this Sunday you can participate in one of their signature plantswap events yourself. While in other cities from Portland and LA to Berlin plantswaps have established themselves as a common and popular activity for plant lovers, Seeds is a bit of a pioneer in Belgium. Check it out all for free at Brass this weekend and bring along a plant or a cutting to swap it with other urban jungle fans.