A fashion exhibition, a designer market, concerts, nights out, and a photo festival. See you there!
Fashion meets art: The Belgians, an unexpected fashion story at Bozar
Until 13 September Brussels
The arrival of the legendary Antwerp Six back in the 80s put Belgium on the map in the international fashion scene. The current exhibition in Brussels’ Bozar, “The Belgians”, goes back to that crucial point in Belgian fashion history while also shining a light on today’s students of the country’s major talent incubators La Cambre and the Antwerp Academy. The captivating show gives a comprehensive overview of Belgium’s fashion history, highlighting outstanding designers from Martin Margiela and Raf Simons to Jean-Paul Lespagnard and Christian Wijnants. Not to miss.
Last days: A Story That Wasn’t at Inbetween Gallery
Runs until Saturday, 13 June Brussels
There are still a few days left to check out “A Story That Wasn’t” at Inbetween Gallery, a project space in Brussels championing young talents and artists raising social questions. The exhibition showcases a site-specific installation by photographer and video artist Helena Lemonnier, who’s also part of Brussels-based artist collective Mont Saint Eugene. The large-scale, narrative installation is based on images from the archive of Helena’s grandparents while incorporating a 3D landscape and a video.
Shopping: Designer market at Effet Mérité
Wednesday, 10 June, 12-21h00 Brussels
Newly launched concept store Effet Mérité, located in Ixelles’ lively Rue Bailli, opens its doors for a special designer market this Wednesday, aiming at putting forward 12 upcoming talents crossing all genres. And while checking out their lovely creations from jewellery to ceramics, you can even enjoy a summer barbecue in the shop’s garden as well as dj sets and an acoustic concert.
Opening: Silent Memory at Chabah Yelmani Gallery
Thursday, 11 June Brussels
South Korean artist Yumi Chung just finished a residency at the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists in Reykjavik. The fascinating drawings and paintings presented in her solo show kicking off this Thursday at Brussels’ Chabah Yelmani Gallery are strongly inspired by her time in Iceland, exploring the language of space and reflecting on her walks through Reykjavik.“I found something and held my breath. I could not hear any sound on the street. The world around me dissolved into that something at that moment, “ says the artist herself.
After work hangout: Apéro at Hinterland
Thursday, 11 June, 17h00 Brussels
About one month ago we told you about Hinterland’s opening, and now the new hotspot in St. Gilles invites you to the first edition of “After work apéro”. Finger food will be served as well as white sangria, delicious cocktails, organic wine, and more. Andrea Mancini behind the decks takes care of the musical background and for the artsy ones among you there’s an exhibition by MADE to discover.
Concert: DIIV at 019
Thursday, 11 June, 20h00 Ghent
Brooklyn band DIIV made quite a name for themselves with their brilliant debut album Oshin back in 2012. Now they’ve announced the follow-up with the cryptic title “Is the Is Are”, which will be out later this year. To our delight music mag Subbacultcha hosts an exclusive, small-scale gig of the New York outfit in Ghent this Thursday, where you can get a sneak peek of the much-awaited record. Count us in!
Expo meets apéro: Vanessa Billy at Composite
Friday, 12 June, 18h00 Brussels
It’s the last week of Vanessa Billy’s exhibition “Where is Wild?” at Brussels-based non-profit art space Composite, and on Friday there’s a little party planned for the closing of the show. The Swiss artist examines the oftentimes hidden relationships between humans, environment and technology while focusing on everyday objects including everything from the manufactured to the skillfully crafted. Isn’t the artificial maybe part of nature? This is one of the questions her sculptures and installations aim to raise.
From 12 June to 30 August Ghent
Under the motto “80 Days of Summer” the inaugural edition of Ghent’s photo festival kicks off this week. The project was born from a collaboration of STAM, Museum Dr Gislain, AMSAB and Historische Huizen Gent and features a multitude of 27 expos all over the city. All evolve around the subject of identity, which the exhibited photographers from all over the world each explore in their very own particular way. One of them is KASK graduate and Belgian up-and-comer Sanne De Wilde, whose compelling, otherworldly work you can discover at STAM. The varied programme also includes artist talks, workshops, city walks, film screenings, activities for kids and more. Great initiative!
Opening: Kabinet Photo at Le Kabinet
Saturday, 13 June Brussels
Brussels art space Le Kabinet, which offers an alternative spot for artistic encounters and exchange since 2013, puts on an eclectic photography group show this week under the name “Kabinet Photo”. It features photography in all its forms by showcasing 22 different photographers and artists, such as Tanguy Poujol, Mathieu Guinot, and Alice Van Den Berg.
Night out: Catclub goes Antwerp
Saturday, 13 June Antwerp
Catclub has been a Brussels institution for more than a decade, and now it’s leaving its homebase for one night to bring its signature mix of great music and eccentric, lovely people to Antwerp, when it takes over the after party of Antwerp’s legendary fashion academy. Behind the decks you’ll find Robert Johnson’s Lauer, homegrown Sixsixsixties and others. For the Bruxellois who don’t want to miss out on a Catclub “abroad”, there’s even a collective travel group organized to make sure you get home safe (but definitely hungover).
Cover photo Margaux Nieto