8 things to do in Belgium this week from exhibitions in Aalst and Ghent, to birthday parties in Antwerp and yoga in a Brussels art gallery. See you there!
Artist talk: Michaël Borremans at Cinema Zuid
Tuesday, 19 September, 19h00 Antwerp
Michaël Borremans, one of Belgium’s most celebrated contemporary painters, is currently showing at Antwerp’s Zeno X. “Sixteen Dances” reveals a darker and sinister side to his practice, diving deep into the pits of human nature. The three exhibited new series include hints of cannibalism but also lighter works based on hip-hoppers dancing to 1950s rock ‘n’ roll. This Tuesday Borremans will be at Cinema Zuid to speak about it all.
Concert: Slow Magic at Beursschouwburg
Wednesday, 20 September Brussels
Slow Magic is not only known for his soothing instrumental electronic music but also for his carefully curated and mysterious persona. Not much is known about who exactly is hiding behind the colorful animal mask. This Wednesday Slow Magic will be at Brussels’ Beursschouwburg. You can check out his newest single “Drum” released earlier this year here.
Art meets yoga: Island
Thursday, 21 September, 19h30 Brussels
Sounds like a winning combination: art and yoga. This Thursday you can refresh and revitalise your body and mind in the quiet and inspiring premises of Island gallery, surrounded by the artworks of Sébastien Bonin. Sign up for the class provided by Kingslane Yoga here.
Exhibition: Bart Stolle at Convent
Opens Friday, 22 September Ghent
Convent art space kicks off its second year with a solo exhibition by Ghent-based artist Bart Stolle whose genre-crossing practice includes drawings, paintings, sound installations, sculptures, and animation films. “low fixed media show” focuses on his drawings, small, minute-long works on paper revealing a fascination for computer language, and modernist art movements of the 20th century.
Exhibition: Christoph Meier at Kiosk
Friday, 22 September, 20h00 Ghent
Just a few steps from Convent there’s Kiosk gallery which currently presents “C O CO”, an exhibition by Austrian artist Christoph Meier, a search for potential forms of interaction between his work, the visitor, and the space. Inspired by the particular architecture and history of the location, Meier explores new architectural and social spaces based on a bamboo grid structure, new and existing sculptures, and a video piece.
Night out: DeepHeat turns 5 at Recyclart
Friday, 22 September, 22h00 Brussels
Brussels party series DeepHeat, whose self-declared mission is to share a passion for electronic and techno music by inviting a fine selection of artists playing in different venues in and around the capital. The project now celebrates its 5th birthday with a huge anniversary party at Recyclart, featuring ArchivOne, Hadone and others behind the decks.
Season opening: Netwerk Aalst
Saturday, 23 September Aalst
Two exhibitions, a parade, performances, culinary interventions, and a dance party: that’s the jam-packed season opening program at Netwerk Aalst for you. The fascinating group show “The Absent Artist”explores notions of identity through the concept of autobiography while “The Opening Monologue” presents works by Pedro Barateiro. There’s also a café where you can have dinner to strengthen yourself for the party afterwards!
Birthday bash: Buchbar turns 3
Sunday, 24 September, 12-18h00 Antwerp
We’re not only saying happy birthday to Deepheat but also to Antwerp’s Buchbar, which is celebrating its third anniversary this week with a so-called “Buchbarbecue”. Not sure what exactly that entails but it does sound intriguing, and we just love the place no matter what because there’s no better combo really than books and good coffee.