Cultural things to do in Belgium: Street art walks in Antwerp, contemporary art in Mechelen and Ghent, outdoor yoga in Brussels, and much more. Whatever you do, bring your mask, socialize responsibly, and don’t forget to inform yourself about the venue-specific security measures. See you there!
Last days: this place / displaced at DMW Gallery
Runs until 15 August Antwerp
If you haven’t checked out the captivating group show “this place / displaced” at Antwerp’s DMW Gallery yet, this week is your last chance to do so. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday art enthusiasts are invited to discover works by 10 different artists who, each in their own way, explore the feeling of estrangement that can arise in familiar places. With Hadrien Bruaux, Fia Cielen, Emilie Terlinden, Bas van den Hout, and others.
Walking tour: Berchem Street art
Saturday, 15 August Antwerp
UPDATE: THE EVENT IS CANCELLED Antwerp’s Berchem district is a hotbed for street art. This Saturday, people in the know will guide you through the urban jungle and its hidden treasures. Learn about the different forms of graffiti and street art and the stories behind the works along the way. More here.
Exhibition: Summer Camp at Cecilia Jaime
Runs until 30 August Ghent
While many galleries shut their doors in summer, Ghent’s Cecilia Jaime Gallery hosts a special holiday show for the sixth time in a row. “Summer Camp #6” brings together genre-crossing works by the artists of the gallery including Nico Vaerewijck, Eddy De Buf, Koen Fillet, and others.
Exhibition: Artivirals at Maaltebruggekasteel
Runs until 30 August Ghent
This exhibition is a surprisingly quick reaction of the art scene to current events: “Artivirals”, as the title already suggests, deals with one of the most drastic shifts of recent times – the coronavirus pandemic. The multifaceted show unfolds inside as well as outside the historic Maaltebrugge Castle, featuring 39 artists responding to the life-changing events and the related experience of quarantine and isolation. Renowned Ghent art school HISK for example had invited 22 students to produce a new work on the topic, the result of which also will be on view at the castle.
Open air workout: Hatha Yoga at SEE U
Sunday, 16 August, 16h00 Brussels
With many considering indoor sports activities a bit too risky in pandemic times, the demand for outdoor workouts has been soaring. Every Sunday afternoon from this week onwards you’ll get the chance to stretch your tired muscles at the former military barracks in Etterbeek, which have been transformed in a gigantic cultural venue. The focus lies on Hatha Yoga, a combination of respiration, meditation and postures for all levels. Don’t forget to bring your own mat! Details this way.
Exhibition: Kries Fierens at De Garage
Runs until 16 August Mechelen
Mechelen’s De Garage currently presents a solo show by Belgian, Antwerp-based artist Kris Fierens covering the 80s until the present day. His fascinating oeuvre reaches from paintings and screen prints to three-dimensional works. Fierens’ paintings evoke a profound respect for the spontaneous power and beauty of impromptu movement.