Exhibitions and concerts in Brussels, openings in Ostend and Ghent, and more. See you there!
Opening: Angela Bulloch at Galerie Micheline Szwajcer
Thursday, 29 October Brussels
Just returned form FIAC, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer is ready for its next solo expo at the gallery. On show is the work of Candian-born, Berlin-based artist Angela Bulloch, who is also part of the so-called YBA bunch. Here, she presents a selection of brand new sculptures accompanied by a spectacular wall painting, touching upon futurism, minimalism, technology and science.
Concert: La Priest at Ancienne Belgique
Thursday, 29 October Belgium
Remember the British dance-punk outfit Late of the Pier and their violent but catchy hit “Focker”? Eight years later their former frontman Sam Dust debuts his new project under the name La Priest, and this Thursday you can check it out live on stage at Brussels’ Ancienne Belgique. Here you can listen to a few tracks from “Inji”, out now on Domino.
Opening: Bram De Jonghe at These Things Take Time
Thursday, 29 October Ghent
After several exhibitions in the Netherlands and the winning of the Volkskrant Fine Art Prize, Ghent art space These Things Take Time brings the work of Bram De Jonghe to Belgium for his very first solo show in the country. With “The Servant of the Unmeasurable” the former KASK student attempts to transform space and time into a single poetic gesture while taking the viewpoint of the visitor into consideration.
Opening: Ian Breakwell at Independent
Thursday, 29 October Brussels
Independent art fair’s new Brussels space invites you to the opening of a solo show by Ian Breakwell, 10 years after his unfortunate death. With 40 chronologically presented artworks, “One by One: Year by Year: A Concise History” gives a vast overview over the wide-ranging oeuvre of the influential British artist who was a painter, video maker, diarist and collagist all at the same time. “Reassuringly familiar starting points, i.e. clichés, are the deliberately chosen basis of most of my artwork, whether writings, drawings, paintings, films or videotapes. Then the way is clear to test and turn that familiarity into unexpected forms which hopefully disturb complacency”, Breakwell said about his work.
Concert: Godspeed You! Black Emperor at Trix
Friday, 30 October, 19h30 Antwerp
This weekend the Canadian post rock masters descend on Antwerp’s Trix for a gig that will be, as always, an intense experience. Earlier this year they released their fifth studio album “Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress”, featuring the first truly new material since their reunion. “There is nothing about this album that would have sounded out of place if they had released it in 2002. Change is not Godspeed’s way, but the other side of that coin is that there’s also nothing else out there that sounds quite like them”, writes Pitchfork. They’re supported by Antwerp duo Echo Beatty and Ghent’s Mathieu Serruys.
Opening: Ed Atkins at Dépendance
Friday, 30 October Brussels
Starting this Friday you can discover the works of London-based video art star Ed Atkins at Brussels’ Dépendance, whose cutting-edge creations have been shown at some of the world’s most renowned museums from Palais de Tokyo to Tate Britain. Using CGI, sound, poetry and narrative, he stretches the idea of what video art can be. “I’m not interested in technology per se. It’s what technology does that matters, what it changes. The content, as discursive stuff, is centuries old. These ideas about identity and representation and rendering have been here forever, and that’s what I’m getting at,” Atkins told artnews.
Night out: Welcome to Wonderland #2 at Atelier 210
Saturday, 31 October, 21h00 Brussels
This weekend it’s all about Halloween. For the occasion Brussels’ Atelier 210 and Collectif Illicium team up for one huge dress-up night under the theme “Alice in Wonderland”, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of its publication this year. Featuring DJs, VJs, make-up artists, a cocktail bar, and more.
Opening: Elke Van Kerckvoorde at L’Etage d’Euphrosine
Sunday, 1 November, 14-17h00
L’Etage D’Euphrosine has extended Belgium’s art scene all the way to Ostend, offering intimate exhibitions on the lower floor of a beautiful Maison de maître. “Stapelkorting” (“Stacking discount”) presents the works of Belgian artist Elke Van Kerckvoorde, who mixes simple forms with vibrant colors while referencing supermarket-style signage and package design with a nod to pop art. Interestingly, the grandfather of gallery founder Emily Rammant, Hubert Peeters, was one of the first European pop art collectors. Read our interview with Emily here.