The weekend in Belgium 22.03

Jeffrey Clancy, Brussels

American artist Jeffrey Clancy, who lives and works in Maine, is a trained metalsmith and jewellery maker. Apart from imparting his expertise in his capacity as assistant professor at Maine College of Art in Portland, he is also a creator – preferably of objects that leave the viewer in doubt of their purpose. By playing with craft theory, he constantly questions his own medium, taking a critical look at objects of decorative art. Whilst proving he’s a veritable master of ancient metalsmithing techniques, Clancy’s work reminds us that things are not always what they seem.

Until 24th March
Elisa Plateau, Rue de Laeken 86 Lakensestraat – 1000 Brussels
www.elisaplatteaucie.com

Gustavo Riego, Brussels

“There is always a socio-political aspect in my work”, Brussels-based artist Gustavo Riego has been known to declare. With a critical eye and a sharp mind, Riego attempts to deconstruct symbolic values and established rules by using the impact of imagery. His work, often based on financial newspaper pages which he employs as background for cut-out drawings depicting natural catastrophes, confront the spectator with the flaws of today’s world. It’s heavy stuff.

Opening 22nd March, 18h00-21h00
Exhibition runs until 28th April
Anyspace, Rue Van Eyckstraat 59 – 1050 Brussels
www.anyspace.be

Stanley Kubrick, Brussels

Alright, everyone knows iconic American film director Stanley Kubrick for his timeless cinematic masterpieces from A Clockwork Orange and Lolita to The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut. But this exhibition introduces a different and much lesser known aspect of Kubrick’s oeuvre: photography. It’s a career he abandoned after a few years to dedicate himself fully to film making, for which we are thankful. The 130 pictures on display were all taken between 1945 and 1950, when the young Kubrick was starting out as a photographer in New York City. Juxtaposed with paintings from the Royal Museums that reveal the artist’s inspirations, these captivating images contain the ancestoral motifs that would later be found threaded throughout his cinematic works, notably that special brand of loneliness that’s particular to cities.

Until 1st July
MRBAB, Place Royal 3 Koningsplein – 1000 Brussels
www.fine-arts-museum.be

New Build, Brussels

New Build are a freshly formed London trio founded by none other than ex-LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip guitarist Al Doyle, Hot Chip drummer Felix Martin and studio engineer Tom Hopkins. Having just released their first album ‘Yesterday was Lived and Lost’ on their own label Lanark recordings, they’re now setting off on tour as an eight-piece, to stun us with their genre-transcending blend of pop, indie and electronic sounds, all clearly inspired by Peter Gabriel and Cabaret Voltaire, proving that Hot Chip wear their roots on their Newly Built sleeves.

We have five pairs of tickets to give-away for New Build’s gig at Botanique this Friday, 23rd March. All you need to do is share our Facebook fan page and send a screenshot of it to wewrite@nullthewordmagazine.be with ‘New Build’ in the subject line. The first five readers to do so will get their names + 1 added to the guest list. 

23rd March
Botanique, Rue Royale 236 Koningsstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.botanique.be

Kirsten Pieroth, Antwerp

In what will be her first solo exhibition at the gallery, Kirsten Pieroth, a Berlin-based object and concept artist, will be showing off some of her newer stuff for the next few weeks. Questioning our perception of time and the very notion of our attempt to represent history, she juxtaposes 100 adverts from the last few decades, creating a biography of consumer consumption and technological innovation as an illustration of this modern life. Researching, documenting, collecting and archiving have always been central strategies for Pieroth, as well as fact mixed in, at times, with ficition. Well worth it.

Until 28th April
Office Baroque Gallery, Lange Kievitstraat 48, 2018 Antwerp
www.officebaroque.com

Koen Vanmechelen, Antwerp

Koen Vanmechelen’s works have been exhibited from Venice to New York. They have been included as part of the biennales of Guangzhou and Moscow, and have even got their Belgian conceptual creator a ticket to the Climate Conference in Copenhagen. Vanmechelen’s creations, always political, touch on some of today’s major global issues, from sustainable development to identity and biodiversity. Vanmechelen’s most celebrated work is his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, a crossbreeding experiment whereby the artist attempted to create a superbastard, bred from domestic chickens from all over the world, touching on issues like genetic manipulation, cloning, globalisation and multicultural societies.

Until 15th May
Verbeke Gallery, Leopold de Waelstraat 37 – 2000 Antwerp
www.verbekegallery.com

Hamish Fulton, Antwerp

These boots are made for walkin’! Hamish Fulton has been labelled many things, from photographer to conceptual artist to land artist. The Londoner, however, prefers ‘walking artist’. His artwork, that ranges from wall paintings to photographs to drawings, are all centered around his many meanders (some of them lasting several weeks) and the emotional and physical effects of these treks. ‘If I do not walk, I cannot make a work of art’, Fulton once said.

Until 5th May
Van Der Mieden Gallery (studio N°04), Pourbusstraat 15 – 2000 Antwerp
www.studiovandermieden.com

Matt Mullican, Antwerp

Californian-born and Berlin-based artist Matt Mullican made a name for himself as a member of the so-called ‘Pictures Generation’ along with artists like Jack Goldstein or David Salle. His work deals with the tension between reality and our perception of reality, and explores systems of knowledge, meaning, signification and language. In an attempt to reveal the different layers of our belief structures and to show that reality is a result of our imagination, he has developed a system of pictograms and models of cosmology. Inspired by historical systems, he encyclopedically charts his findings. It’s a life-long project aimed at giving meaning to the world, and this exhibition displays several of his large-scale paintings and smaller iron and blown-glass sculptures, to fantastic effect.

Opening 23rd March
Exhibition runs until 5th May
Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Verlaatstraat 14 – 2000 Antwerp
www.gms.be

Summer Camp, Antwerp

Multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Warmsley and vocalist (and former journalist) Elizabeth Sankey formed indie pop duo Summer Camp in October 2009 and have since been going around mesmerising music fans with their entrancing, sound-blending bits and pieces of 80s synth pop, 70s beach rock and new surf-rock (think Beach Boys, The Drums and Pains of Being Pure at Heart, all thrown into a blender). Having released their first full length album ‘Welcome to Condale’ on Moshi Moshi early last year, they’re now bringing their sounds to you, in Belgium. It’s all very Summery, and not that Camp.

25th March
Trix, Noordersingel 28-30 – 2140 Antwerp
www.trixonline.be

Chambres d’Amis, Ghent

Home sweet home: Back in 1986 Jan Hoet – then director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent, now called S.M.A.K – surprised art fans with a unique exhibition concept: leaving museum buildings behind, the ‘Chambres d’Amis’ project brought contemporary art into people’s homes, showcasing artworks in private houses across the city. 51 artists created pieces that they integrated into the everyday living spaces of those who were willing to let them, and later the public, into their homes. S.M.A.K. now brings together these pieces, including creations from French artist Daniel Buren, as well as Christian Boltanski, Bruce Nauman and Mario Merz.

Until 4th November
SMAK, Citadelpark – 9000 Ghent
www.smak.be