Music, print & paper, and visual art: Lots to do this week in Belgium. See you there!
Opening: Bob Verschueren at Frédérick Mouraux
Opens Sunday, 5 February, 14-18h00 Brussels
Since November, Belgian artist Bob Verschueren‘s nature-inspired creations are already on view in the imposing premises of an ancient abbey in Villers-la-Ville, about a one-hour drive from Brussels. This Sunday, a second exhibition opens its doors, this time within the white walls of Frédérick Mouraux gallery. Both showcase his poetic plant installations, which not only accept but fully integrate the transformation and non-durability of nature while referencing American minimalism, Arte Povera, and Land Art.
Music: Chouette Festival
From 2 to 5 February Brussels
The 8th edition of Chouette festival promises four days of music organised by the label and booking agency with the same name. It’ll be kicked off at Antidote, move on to cultural center Jaques Franck, and conclude with a concert route through St. Gilles. The eclectic musical program features Araponga, Bérenger 2000, Sura Sol, Mr Panda, and many others. Discover the full line-up here.
Opening: Johannes Kahrs and Philip Metten at Zeno X gallery
Saturday, 4 February, 16-19h00 Antwerp
Two shows will open at Antwerp’s Zeno X gallery this weekend: The ominous paintings of German, Berlin-based artist Johannes Kahrs, whose works are based on fragments from mass media or pop culture imagery as well as his personal archive, encounter the artistic universe of Belgian artist Philip Metten, who experiments with different materials and media, ranging from paper collages to wall sculptures in papier-mâché and paintings.
Publishing festival: Artists Print X at La Maison des Arts
From 3 to 5 February Brussels
Artists Print turns 10! A decade ago the organisation Jeunesse et Arts Plastiques launched the yearly fair dedicated to independent publishing and all things printed on paper. Over the course of three days, paper lovers can discover the creations of almost 40 Belgian and European exhibitors at La Maison des Arts this weekend. Ranging from artists to micro-publishers, the latter include Nel Aerts, Claude Closky, Vaast Colson, Ramsdam Books, and five Brussels art schools.
Concert: Ezra Collective at Ancienne Belgique
Sunday, 5 February, 21h00 Brussels
A veritable melting pot of influences, Ezra Collective skillfully mixes jazz, afrobeat, and hip-hop. The London-based band is currently on tour to present its newest album, Where I’m meant to be”, which was released in November. “Ezra Collective have long been the London jazz scene’s de facto party band, but their second album is a sophisticated step up”, writes The Guardian. This Sunday you can see for yourself at Brussels’ AB.