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Things to do in Antwerp, Brussels & Liège. See you there!

Exhibition: Lucie Mercier at Ballon Rouge

Until 18 May Brussels

“I’m Just  Girl” at Brussels’ Ballon Rouge Gallery is the artist’s first solo show in Belgium. Based in Paris, Lucie Mercier fully dedicates her intimate paintings depicting motifs from daily life to the female gaze, questioning norms of representation, re-appropriating nudity, and seeing the female body as a subject instead of an object. “I get my inspiration from women; I listen to them, read their books, watch their movies, and other things they create”, she said in a recent interview with Art Plugged.

Art festival: Biennal de l’Image Possible at the former Chiroux Library

From 16 March to 1 June Liège

Moving Mountains, Bastiaan van Aarle

This annual Liège festival explores the manifold possibilities offered by photography and the visual arts while interrogating the role of images in our society today and our relationship with them. With a defunct library of 7000 square meters in the heart of the city, the Biennale de l’Image Possible (BIP) has an immense playground at its disposal, where it hosts performances, exhibitions, workshops, screenings and more. This Sunday, you can book a guided tour right here.

Opening: Bert Danckaert at Plus-One Gallery

Saturday, 30 March, 13-18h00 Antwerp

Belgian photographer Bert Danckaert is a master at finding beauty in the ordinary, transforming banal cityscapes into powerful, minimalist works of art focusing on colors and geometric shapes. This weekend, you’re invited to the opening of his first exhibition “The State of Things” (named after a Wim Wenders film) at the with Antwerp gallery Plus-One at its new south outpost. The artist will be present at the opening.

Opening: Tarek Lakhrissi at Kanal

Thursday, 28 March, 17-20h00 Brussels

The former historic Citroën building, set to host Brussels’ future Kanal-Centre Pompidou museum, will still be under construction for quite a while. In the meantime, the immense exterior of the museum will have to do as an exhibition space. After Laure Prouvost and Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, it is French artist Tarek Lakhrissi’s turn to fill the building’s facade. The work will be unveiled on Thursday, accompanied by a DJ set from Brussels-based DJ Soumaya

Performance: Sebastián González de Gortari at 2m3

Friday, 29 March Brussels

Every last Friday of the month, 2m3, an intimate, experimental platform in the Molenbeek home of actor and theatremaker Pol Pauwels, opens its doors for a short performance. According to the mission statement, it’s all in the name: “It’s an open space of 2 metres in 3 dimensions (…) A performance starts with 2 minutes of action in 3 minutes of silence.” Up this Friday: Mexican artist Sebastián González de Gortari.

Grand opening: Grand Hospice

Saturday, 30 March, 10h30-1h00 Brussels

A brunch, an easter egg hunt, a vintage market, food, drinks, tattoos, massages, concerts, yoga, … on Saturday at Grand Hospice, there’s something on the program for everyone. With See U having been closed, this large cultural space in the center of Brussels is somewhat of a replacement – another temporary occupation of historic buildings before their final transformation.