With Bozar’s Summer of Photography officially kicking off yesterday, we sift through its considerable summer-long program to handpick five must-see shows.
1. WOMAN. The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s at Bozar
Bozar’s main exhibition, WOMAN draws on the works of 29 female artists to chart the evolution across centuries of women’s portrayal in the arts. Includes works by Cindy Sherman, Ana Mendieta and Lili Dujourie.
[nggallery id=504]Until 31 August Bozar Centre of Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels bozar.be
2. Robert Heinecken – Lessons in Posing Subjects at Wiels
Wiels’ solo show of Heinecken, which focuses on his Polaroid years, provides a fascinating insight into a defining period of the Californian artist’s career. Read an interview with show curator Devrim Bayar here.
[nggallery id=505]Until 17 August Wiels, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354 – 1190 Brussels wiels.org
3. Stephan Vanfleteren “MMXIV – Les Diables / De duivels” at Botanique
For its contribution to the Summer of Photography, Botanique’s ever-excellent photography program shows a series of portraits of Belgium’s national football team, captured by none other than legendary Belgian photographer Stephan Vanfleteren.
[nggallery id=506]Until 17 August Botanique, Rue Royale 236 Koningsstraat – 1000 Brussels botanique.be
4. Sept femmes en résidence at Contretype
Brussels’ oldest photography institution pays tribute to the works of seven female photographers – Elina Brotherus, Isabelle Arthuis, Isabelle Hayeur, Chantal Maes, Sari Ember, Marie-Noelle Boutin and Erika Vancouver – all of which have taken part in Contretype’s residency program.
[nggallery id=507]Until 28 September Contretype, Avenue de la Jonction 1 Verbindingslaan – 1060 Brussels contretype.org
5. The Morning After at Hotel BLOOM!
Word-favourite Julie Scheurweghs explores the aftermath of one-night stands, exhibiting a series of works meant to trace both the highs and lows of waking up in some faceless hotel suite next to a stranger.
[nggallery id=508]Until 1 September Hotel Bloom!, Rue Royale 250 Koningsstraat – 1210 Brussels hotelbloom.com
In addition to the above, don’t miss our own exhibition, The Word presents The Belgian Six, which showcases the works of six Belgian photographers and runs until 31 August at Bozar.