Things to do in Belgium this week: books in Ghent, a birthday and a new store in Brussels, photography in Antwerp, and more. See you there!
Opening: Max Pinckers at Riot
Thursday, 12 February, 18-22h00 Ghent
“Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty” is the title of Max Pinckers’ latest self-published photo book, a project commissioned by the Europalia International Arts Festival for the Indomania exhibition at Brussels’ Bozar. In the book and the accompanying exhibition at Ghent’s new bookshop Riot, the rising photographer (who is also nominated for the Young Belgian Art Prize this year) explores the idea of love, romance and marriage in today’s India.
Group expo: The Governor’s Mansion at Gouverneurswoning
Until 15 March Ghent
In this interesting group exhibition, several recent graduates from Ghent’s renowned art school KASK enter a dialogue with the magnificent interior and rich history of the official residence of governor Jan Briers. The show features works by Melissa Annie B., Benjamin Verhoeven, buren (Oshin Albrecht & Melissa Mabesoone), Eva Vermeiren, Nina de Vroome and Sven Dehens.
Fashion: Birthday bash at Superstrat
Friday, 13 February, 18-22h00 Brussels
Last February Superstrat opened its doors for the very first time, a multi-story house located in the Marolles dedicated to young creative talent. Studio and shop all in one, it’s a fresh, unique concept promoting young designers. This week Superstrat celebrates its first birthday, and on the occasion it invites Belgian label La Petite Gervaise to present its new collection. Plus, there’s an after party at the Chaff just around the corner.
Store launch: Sake at Epaulé Jeté
Friday, 13 February Brussels
A new destination for fashionistas opens next week in the the trendy Dansaert fashion district and this Friday you can already get a preview of the shop named after the delicious Japanese rice wine at the inauguration party at Epaulé Jeté. Seafood, wine and free beanies will make for a great mix!
Opening: Ivan Argote at D+T Project
Saturday, 14 February, 14-20h00 Brussels
“Reddish Blue” presents new works by Colombian, Paris-based artist Ivan Argote whose multi-faceted practice focuses on social interactions in our contemporary society. This fascinating solo show at Brussels’ D+T Project combines large sculptures, small objects, projections and more which all deal with several themes from history and hierarchy to transformation and power.
Birthday bash: Subbacultcha at Vooruit & Beursschouwburg
Saturday, 13 and 14 February Brussels
So many birthdays this week! Another one is celebrated by Subbacultcha, the ones behind Wasteland festival, the independent music mag with the same name and numerous concerts. The three year birthday bash not only takes over Ghent’s Vooruit on Friday, but also Brussels’ Beursschouwburg on Saturday. Come celebrate together with Hiele, Lawrence Le Doux, Gazelle Twin and many others. And in case you don’t know Subbacultcha yet: here‘s a little look back on the highlights of the last years, and here you can check out the freshly printed anniversary issue.
Photography: A Specter From The Land at Stilll Gallery
Until 20 February Antwerp
Stilll Gallery has established itself as one of Belgium’s most intriguing photography galleries by featuring young, up-and-coming and daring artists stretching the genre. “A Specter From The Land of If” once again unites manifold different photography practices featuring works by Thomas Bernardet, Ward Heirwegh, Sarah Van Marcke and others. In one way or another they all deal with the Royal Museum of Art’s mysterious loss of 40 images from the historical Pictorialist collection.
Night out: Daniel Wang and Lady Jane at DNA
Saturday, 14 February Brussels
Normally music venue DNA is more known for its rock concerts, but this weekend the Brussels institution invites you to dance the night away with electronic sounds brought to you by the great California-born, Berlin-based producer Daniel Wang and Catclub queen Lady Jane.
Cover photo Ulrike Biets