Vintage design in Brussels, fashion in Antwerp, exhibitions in Ghent, and more. See you there!
Vintage pop-up shop: La Caravane at Blender
Opens Friday, 2 September Brussels
Staying true to its name, Brussels-based online vintage furniture project La Caravane teams up with design store Blender01 this month to go offline. The La Caravane pop-up shop in the center of Brussels offers carefully selected second hand furniture and handpicked deco objects, from lamps, flowerpots, shelves, sofas, ceramics. All pieces are lovingly renovated by the founder herself.
Birthday bash: La Vallée turns 1
From 1 to 4 September Brussels
LaVallée is a 5000 m² workspace designed for creative freelancers located in Molenbeek, offerng artist studios, exhibition spaces, and more. This week the project turns one, celebrating this milestone with a huge four-day birthday party filled with exhibitions, workshops, drinks, and performances. A special guest is Berlin-based creator space Urban Spree, which will set up a bookshop and more at La Vallée.
Art: Open studio and artist talk at Dusangneuf Osangsett
Saturday, 3 September Brussels
Dusangneuf Osangsett, a non-profit artist residency initiated and curated by the team of Belgian culture publication The Word Magazine, finishes its third residency cycle this month, as always dedicated to emerging Belgium-based artists. On 3 September art fans can visit the studios, discover the results of the residency, and even have a chat with this cycle’s participants, Stef Renard and Rachel Gruijters.
Antwerp fashion festival 2016
From 2 to 4 September Antwerp
This week sees the 5th edition of Antwerp Fashion Festival, featuring an exciting catwalk show at the city’s Ampere venue on Friday. Saturday it’s all about shopping, when the #AFF16 partner stores will welcome you until 22h00, not only offering late opening times but also a lot of special in-store events. And if you want to continue your fashion marathon on Sunday, stop by the fashion village dedicated to discovering young and fresh designers and brands.
Closing party: Bar Cour
Saturday, 3 September Antwerp
Antwerp really can’t complain when it comes to the amount of temporary summer bars. A great new addition this summer was Bar Cour, located in the courtyard of the popular Kavka: a green oasis in the middle of the city where people can relax, have a drink, or munch on some snacks when the sun is out. As the hot season is coming to an end, you’re invited to the hopefully sunny closing party this Saturday.
Arty night out:Luc Tuymans and Zeno X Gallery at Bar Venetie
Saturday, 3 September Antwerp
Luc Tuymans and Zeno X: that’s a several decades long love story. This weekend the Belgian painting star and one of the country’s major galleries celebrate their 25-year-long collaboration with a bang: not only an exhibition at the gallery but also with an artsy party at Antwerp’s hip Bar Venetie.
Exhibition opening: NowBelgiumNow at LLS 387
Friday, 2 September, 18h00 Antwerp
As the title already suggests, the genre-crossing group exhibition NowBelgiumNow brings together a number of young Belgian and Belgium-based artists, from photographer David Widart to Kasper De Vos, who makes sculptures, bcollages drawings and paintings. At the opening there will be a performance by Emmanuel Van der Auwera, who is fascinated by virtual worlds.
Exhibition opening: Hannah Lees and Tamara Van San at Tatjana Pieters
Sunday, 4 September Ghent
Ghent gallery Tatjana Pieters gives you not one but two reasons to stop by this Sunday: this weekend sees the opening not only of “Floated on Foam [ ] Flew with Birds” by Hannah Lees, but also Tamara Van San’s new solo expo with the cryptic but intriguing title “Bowing Monk, Standard Poodle, and Other Scholarly objects”. While Lees’ works are motivated by investigating ideas of cycles and the potential for new beginnings and generally involve organic matter, Van San show new tower-shaped ceramic sculptures based on Chinese Scholar Stones, to which she was introduced by the painter Zang Xiao Xia during a stay in China in 2010.