A future music festival and a brand new museum in Brussels, exhibitions in Antwerp, and more. See you there!
Art meets cinema: Anouk De Clercq at Cinematek
From 11 to 14 April Brussels
Starting this week Cinematek presents, in cooperation with Art Brussels, “Seeing in the Dark”, a movie cycle curated by Belgian artist Anouk De Clercq that wants to pay tribute to cinema as a whole. With her poetic, black-and-white short films she has made it into some of Europe’s most prestigious museums such as the Tate Modern or Centre Pompidou. “Seeing in the Dark” opens with a screening of De Clercq’s brand new short movie “Black”, followed by her personal selection of artist and short films, including “Fremd” by German-born Miriam Fassbender and “Lost Lost Lost” by Jonas Mekas.
Fashion meets art: Studio Krjst at Atelier Relief
Friday, 15 April Brussels
Krjst, a young and fresh Brussels-based fashion collective, was founded in 2012 by La Cambre graduates Erika Schillebeeckx and Justine de Moriamé. They’ve always closely collaborated with various artists, especially for their psychedelic signature prints, and at art space Atelier Relief they’re not only presenting their newest collection, but also launch “Studio Krjst” with the exhibition “Inception”. The latter marks the start of their collaboration with photographer Sébastien Delahaye and also a new beginning for their project as a whole, which is meant to take them far beyond the realm of fashion.
Music: LISTEN! , a Brussels Future Music Festival
From 14 to 16 April Brussels
LISTEN! brings you three days that are jam-packed with activities and events evolving around music, from parties and concerts to record fairs and panel talks. On the menue there’s an opening night curated by legendary Belgian party series Holger, a “Parcours in the city” showcasing four homegrown venues and promoters, a conference dealing with “Girls, Geeks & Music”, and much more. See the full programme here.
Museum launch: MIMA
Friday, 15 April, 10-20h30 Brussels
Brussels is getting a new museum! This week the Millenium Iconoclast Museum of Art, or MIMA in short, will open its doors for the very first time in the former Bellevue brewery, kicking it off with a bang: its inaugural exhibition “City Lights” unites works by Maya Hayuk, Swoon, Momo, and Faile. The creative minds behind it are Alice van den Abeele and Raphaël Cruyt , the founders of Alice gallery and Michel and Florence de Launoit. MIMA is dedicated to “Culture 2.0” by focusing on art reflecting the internet age and offering an unconventional mix of geek culture, graphic design, street art, and more. Don’t miss the grand opening party this Friday!
Opening: 8 Femmes at Office Baroque
Saturday, 16 April Brussels
The exhibition’s title “8 Femmes” refers to the movie with the same name by Francois Ozon, taking the themes of the film, such as struggles between the sexes and economic classes or escapist fantasies in male dominated societies, as a starting point for a multi-faceted exploration of femininity and the way women communicate with the world and amongst themselves. With works by – of course – 8 different female artists, including Japanese Junio Oki, American-born Jess Fuller and Ella Kruglyanskaya, German Silke Otto-Knapp, Anthea Hamilton and Sophie von Hellermann from the UK, Canadian Sascha Braunig, French-born Melanit Matranga,
Print fair: Papier PAPER Papier #3 at Maison Bergamini
Sunday, 17 April, 14-19h00 Brussels
This weekend it’s the third edition of “Papier PAPER Papier”, a well-curated little print fair presenting a great collection of artist books touching upon photography, poetry, architecture and illustration as well as a number of self-publishing gems. The intimate setting makes sure it’s not just meant for selling but actually fosters discussions and exchanges. Among the participants are Pili Pili Collectif, Kool Kids Klub, Theophile’s Papers, and there’s an exhibition showcasing the fanzines of Nils Bertho.
Photography: Daisuke Yokota at Stieglitz
Until 22 May Antwerp
Antwerp’s Stieglitz gallery currently presents one of the photography world’s most hyped rising young stars: Japanese photographer Daisuke Yokota. We completely fell in love with his genre-stretching work at last year’s Photo London, where he won the John Kobal residency award and excelled with a colorful, cascade-like installation made out of thick photo paper. Yokota is also known for his somber and textured monochrome studies. An absolute must-see!
Opening: Mircea Suciu and Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven at Zeno X Gallery
Sunday, 17 April, 15-18h00 Antwerp
Antwerp’s Zeno X Gallery, whose massive, beautiful premises almost have a museums vibe to them, invites you to discover its two upcoming solo shows this Sunday: “Ship of Fool” by Romanian-born artist Mircea Suciu and “The Strange Life of Things” by Antwerp-based Belgian artist Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven. While Suciu, who mainly works with charcoal and oil, examines moments of conflict, alienation, and psychological states in general, Van Kerckhoven’s practice ranges from paintings, drawings and collages to computer and video art, oftentimes revealing an interest in different knowledge systems, the unconscious and the obscene from a female point of view.