Photography in Brussels, open studios in Ghent, exhibitions in Antwerp, and more. See you there!
Photography: Pierre Toussaint at Francis Carrette
Runs until 3 July Brussels
Francis Carrette, located in the gallery hub of the iconic Rivoli building, currently presents the work of homegrown photographer Pierre Toussaint . With “City of”, he reveals a poetic, rather abstract urban surrealism that goes far beyond the usual street photography. By the way, it’s the personal choice of the artist to not communicate about in which city the images were shot…so have a look for yourself and have a guess!
Behind the scenes: HISK Open Studios 2016
From 27 to 30 May Ghent
According to its annual tradition, HISK, one of the country’s most renowned art schools, opens its doors to the public this week. A great opportunity to discover emerging talents and get a glimpse behind the scenes. HISK’s graduate programme also includes artists who have already made a bit of a name for themselves, as for example Aslan Gaisumov whose exhibition with Berlin’s Kromus+Zink gallery during the last Brussels Art Days pretty much blew us away.
Opening: Monochrome at The Société
Friday, 27 May, 19h00 Brussels
The Société is a fairly new independent art space based in Brussels’ infamous Molenbeek community. It’s only one of many cultural hotspots in the neighbourhood with the bad image, proving there is much more to it than one might think. This month’ group show evolves around the theme “Monochrome” and includes pieces by renowned European artists such as the great John Armleder, for example.
Night out: Lowup at Beursschouwburg
Saturday, 28 May, 22h00 Brussels
This week party series Lowup takes over Brussels’ Beursschouwburg with an exclusive live of Zwartwerk. The young crew from Mechelen consists of 4MCs and one DJ, all originating from the Angolan and Congolese diaspora, and is known for its explosive multi-language mix skillfully uniting Afro House, Zouk and Hip-hop beats. Also behind the decks: Max le Daron, DJ Mellow, and others.
Exhibition: Transhumance at CAB
Until 25 June
Just around the corner from the charming Ixelles ponds you’ll find CAB, a private art center located in a splendid 1930s Art Deco-style warehouse. It only opens its doors for two shows a year, and currently it presents “Transhumance”, a captivating expo exploring today’s extraordinary mobility through the eyes of 11 artists who all have a special relation to Cuba.
Shopping: Supermarket #1 at Halles Saint Géry
Sunday, 29 May, 10-19h00 Brussels
This weekend sees the very first edition of Supermarket, which really has nothing to do at all with a normal grocery chain shop. It’s an initiative by Superstrat, a shop meets designer studio located in the Marolles neighbourhood, which wants to bring together 50 designers of all kinds of disciplines who all champion craftsmanship and creativity. There’ll be jewellery, furniture, ceramics, music by Faislebeau and much more, and it’s all going down in the beautiful setting of Brussels’ Halles St Gery.
Exhibition: Sergio De Beukelaer at Plus-One
Until 4 June Antwerp
Plus-One is one of Antwerp’s youngest galleries. If you haven’t paid it a visit yet, now is the perfect time to do so. For the moment it presents a fascinating solo show featuring the work of homegrown artist Sergio De Beukelaer, whose work is largely inspired by the oeuvre of legendary Yves Klein and his personal quest for ‘”a blue void” and how to fill it. His creations expose a penchant for precision and geometry as well as a love for colour, line, assembly and visual impact.
Outside party: Electronic Garden at Parc Royal
Sunday, 29 May, 14-22h00 Brussels
Spring is finally in full swing, and with the sunrays a multitude of outdoor party concepts are emerging. One is going down this Sunday, when Electronic Garden invades the gorgeous Parc Royal with its first edition of the year. A free music open air featuring Onda, Manu deMars and others.