Exhibitions, photography talks, coffee celebrations, studio visits, and parties. See you there!
Last days: Ian Davenport at Hangar 18
Until 3 October Brussels
Until the end of this week you can still discover a solo exhibition by Turner prize nominee Ian Davenport at Brussels’ Hangar 18, a fairly new, massive gallery and art space with a lofty feel that stretches over more than 1000 square meters. Davenport’s expo is on show in the so-called Openspace, which is dedicated to the promotion of Belgian and international creation, and in this case gets taken over by La Galerie Flore. The London-based artist is especially known for his fascinating use of paint and gravity. “The movement of the paint is of real interest to me, it’s about how you control the fluid but also how the liquid of the paint creates shape itself independently. It’s quite an unusual viewing experience. I’m just really into paint and materials”, says the artist himself.
Food: International Coffee Day at
Thursday, 1 October Brussels
If you’re a coffee addict just like us, this is an absolute must. Antwerp coffee makers Belga & Co invite you to taste their delicious roasts on the occasion of the International Coffee Day! Plus, you can discover many more fresh, local Belgian initiatives: food home-delivery project Floom provides organic, hand-roasted granola, young fashion label Equuss presents its fluffy winter scarves, and Escuyer, which offers underwear subscriptions for men too busy to shop, launches a new socks line.
Photography: tiff.talk at FoMu
Thursday, 1 October Antwerp
We’re big fans of tiff., the big-sized annual photography magazine in poster format published by Antwerp’s photo museum FoMu. tiff. is dedicated to Belgium’s young photography talents, giving room to 10 up-and-comers to present their works. This Thursday you can meet them in person and learn more about their creations at the tiff.talk, and get your hands on one of the beautiful copies for only 2€. With Tine Guns, Cédric Van Turtelboom, and many others!
Opening: The Rising Sea at Nunc Contemporary
Thursday, 1 October Antwerp
Antwerp’s Nunc Contemporary presents a selection of works by South African artist Kate Gottgens, who understands herself as a conceptual painter. Her blurry, nostalgic, dream-like paintings meandering between reality and fiction are based on found photographs and examine the mechanics of image-making while exploring themes such as history, psychological states, and the quality of mystery. “I attempt to create a narrative that has no beginning or ending or clear outcome”, says the artist.
Party meets expo: Multitude
Saturday, 3 October, 16h00 Antwerp
Multitude is a newly launched art residency project located in an old loft in Antwerp’s Park Spoor Noord. For six weeks 15 artists invaded the former carriage house to create new works, and this weekend you’re invited to check out their eclectic creations and celebrate the opening of the very first exhibition in this new space. Featuring works by Carolina Tafalla, Beiroin Brouwers, Ash Bowland, and many others.
Studio visit: Paul Wackers at Encore
Saturday, 3 October, 14h00 Brussels
If you’re a big fan of American artist Paul Wackers just like us, who is mainly known for his his colorful depictions of bookshelves, window sills and house plants while mixing figurative and abstract painting styles, you will be delighted to hear that you have the chance to visit his temporary Brussels studio and discover what he created during his stay in the Belgian capital. A great opportunity to get a look behind the scenes and maybe even meet the artist himself. And if you haven’t checked out his exhibition at Alice Gallery yet, you can still do so until 24 October.
Music: Made in Belgium at Vooruit
Sunday, 4 October, 18h00 Ghent
Talent watch: each year Red Bull Elektropedia, Belgian DJ star Lefto and Ghent’s Democrazy team up to bring you “Made in Belgium”, a whole night dedicated to fresh, homegrown musical talents. This third edition presents a mix of hip hop, electronic and exotic sounds, featuring the likes of Shungu, Le Motel Woodie Smalls and Amyn. Entrance is free!
Gallery hopping: Open Sunday at Rivoli
Sunday, 4 October, 14-18h00 Brussels
Ixelles’ iconic Rivoli building, originally designed as a luxury shopping mall in the 70s, has become a hub for contemporary art. Instead of retail stores it hosts a large number of galleries under its roof, giving visitors the chance to discover many different exhibitions in a short timeframe. This weekend you can do so during the “Open Sunday”, which the Rivoli galleries organize together six times a year. Featuring Rossi Contemporary, Hopstreet, Artitude, and others.
Film: Archibelge, the ugliest country in the world at Bozar
Sunday, 4 October, 15h00 Brussels
Archibelge is a film project exploring everyday Belgian architecture and the people who live in it, and this weekend it’s premiering at Brussels’ Bozar! The creative documentary consists of three parts, each one dedicated to a different theme from life along Belgium’s national routes to the Belgian seaside lifestyle. An extraordinary, beautifully shot view into this weird little country, lovingly capturing all its quirks and eccentricities.
Opening: Luther Gerlach at Studio Baxton
Sunday, 4 October, 19h30 Brussels
Photography shop and exhibition space Studio Baxton is first and foremost dedicated to ancient photography techniques. It’s the perfect setting then for American artist Luther Gerlach, who is one of the major practitioners of the wet plate collodion process that dates back to the 19th century. “Quite often I feel as if my soul is in the past and my mind is in the future”, he says. At Studio Baxton, Gerlach shows a selection of his most recent works.