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A couple of arty things to do in Koksijde, Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, and Grimbergen. See you there!

Exhibition: Alice Neel at Xavier Hufkens

Runs until 8 December Brussels

Although having worked in obscurity for decades, American painter Alice Neel is known today as one of the great portraitists of the 20th century. Most of her vigorously honest paintings of fellow artists, neighbours and strangers were created in her New York apartment, as she needed to take care of her children and couldn’t afford a separate studio. This exhibition at Xavier Hufkens shows a slightly different side of her oeuvre, focusing on paintings she did in the Vermont countryside, landscapes, still lifes and family portraitswhich offer an intimate insight into the artist’s personal world.

Design: Laure Kasiers pop-up shop

From 26 to 28 October Brussels

This weekend, textile designer Laure Kasiers invites you to her temporary showroom in St. Gilles, where you can discover her hand-crafted, organic and stylish carpets. More here.

Opening: Raoul De Kayser in Print at CC Strombeek

From 24 October to 22 December  Grimbergen

While renowned Belgian artist Raoul de Keyser is mainly known for his abstract paintings, CC Strombeek shines a light on a lesser known aspect of his work: linocuts, screen printing, etchings, and lithography. Especially in the 1970’s he heavily experimented with different printing techniques, at times combining them with watercolor.

Exhibition & book launch: Nothing on the left at 019

27 and 28 October, 1 until 4 November Ghent

Ghent-based visual artist Stien Bekaert‘s fascinating practice is the result of a unique combination of photography, found imagery, and printmaking techniques. Bekaert deconstructs, layers, crops and blows up, giving found photographs a new life while creating a poetic viewing experience, both ambiguous and dreamy. At 019 you can discover her most recent publication, “Nothing on the left”, as well as an exhibition of her sensual and meticulously crafted work. 

Opening: Op de grond, tussenin of aan de hemel at Kunstencentrum Ten Bogaerde

Saturday, 27 October Koksijde

The group exhibition, whose title translates to “On the ground, inbetween or in the sky” after a line from Belgian sculptor George Grard, brings together works by no less than 14 different artists, from Joachim Coucke and Sarah Van Marcke to Tim Volckaer and Sanam Khatibi. The Ten Bogaerde art center close to the small town of Koksijde hosts a permanent collection looking back on Grard’s work while also giving room to contemporary art shows. This one explores the constant tension between the constraints of reality and one’s desires and dreams. The art center is located in a natural reserve, making it a great destination for nature and art lovers alike. 

Photography: Gijs Van Vaerenbergh at Valerie Traan

Opens Sunday, 28 October, 14h00 Antwerp

Behind the name Gijs Van Vaerenbergh hides an artist duo made up of Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh, both architects. Central to their work is a continuous process of  redrawing and rethinking different architectural typologies, such as the church, the gate, the arch, the arcade, the pedestal or the column. At Valerie Traan you can discover their highly interesting practice from Sunday onwards.

Cover photo Grégoire Pleynet

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