10 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Streaming sessions in Brussels, museum takeovers in Ghent and release parties in Antwerp.

Thursday 18th May: Fondation °1 launch: Mytholocus at Café La Pompe, Brussels

Publishing house Éditions Fondation is presenting its first launch at St-Gilles Café La Pompe tonight, for which Benito Leray – the guy behind the great artworks of Vastechoses and Deep in House, to name a few – compiled his phantasmagorical illustrations. Full support.

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Thursday 18th May: Beyt al Tapes, Astor, Razen and Janker at Groot Begijnhofkerk, Brussels

The next in the BANG! concert series at Brussels’ Begijnhof Church invites Beyt al Tapes and his challenging electronica, experimental psych duo Razen, Astor and Janker. Don’t sleep.

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Thursday 18th May: Museum of moving practice at Design Museum, Ghent

Art space 019 has been given their own temporary wing at Ghent’s Design Museum. From May to September, the collective behind 019 will be presenting its own programme, inviting artists the likes of Filip Dujardin and Moritz Küng.

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Friday 19th May: Simon Malotaux, Frère Tuck, Loto Retina and Vanda at Rue de Trèves / Trierstraat, Brussels

A night of strangely unsettling yet harmonious electronics in an intimate venue in Brussels’ European quarter. The perfect way to get your Friday night off to a good start.

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Friday 19th May: Nicolas Party Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

Swiss artist Nicolas Party is presenting his first solo exhibition at Xavier Hufkens gallery, for which he created two site-specific murals, aiming to transform the space’s interior, creating a unique space filled with large-scale paintings and bronze sculptures. The perfect occasion to get acquainted with the intricacy of Party’s work. Runs until 15th July.

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Friday 19th May: Donald Judd at Greta Meert, Brussels

Downtown Brussels gallery Greta Meert is presenting the fourth solo exhibition of American artist, art critic, architect, designer and minimal art pioneer Donald Judd. Consisting solely out of furniture, the exhibition features Judd’s multiplex, hardwood and metal works, and embody the sense of shape and texture so prominently present in the artists’ work. Runs until 22nd July.

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Friday 19th May: Heartbroken x Kfda at Palais de la Dynastie, Brussels

In a collaboration that’s nothing less than dreams come true, Kunstenfestivaldesarts is teaming up with Heartbroken for a party that’ll no doubt have your feet moving all night long. Taking place in a – you read that right – palace, Liyo and Steff invited Staycore’s hottest DJ Alx9696 and Brazilian performance artist Negroma, both known for pushing the boundaries of their mediums. Absolutely essential.

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Friday 19th – Saturday 20th May: Gruppo di Pawlowski album release at Het Bos, Antwerp

Mauro Pawlowski and his troupe – consisting of legends Pascal Deweze, Jeroen Stevens, Sjoerd Bruil, Ben Younes Zahnoun and Elko Blijweert – head to Het Bos for two consecutive evenings to present their brand new album. Madness assured.

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Saturday 20th May: Catclub, the pride edition at Horta Gallery, Brussels

It’s that time of year again, when the Pride takes over the entire centre of Brussels with its parade. Good times guaranteed, and true to tradition, Catclub hosts the official afterparty, euphorically closing the day-long festivities. Taking place in the city’s Horta gallery, line-up hotshots include Princess Century and Berlin’s Paramida. Don’t sleep.

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Sunday 21st May: Culte Agency x Red Light Radio, Brussels

After last year’s edition, Brussels-based booking agency Culte teams up with Red Light Radio once again. Streaming live from the agency’s HQ, Culte presents some of its most recent signees – Miaux, Shungu and Le Motel – as well as some of the agency’s household names: Hiele, Lawrence Le Doux (who’ll moreover be presenting his new album on Hivern Discs), Sagat and Handless DJ. Tune in.

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Sunday 21st May: Bauhaus and Belgium at ADAM, Brussels

Subtitled #itsalldesign, Brussels’ Art and Design Atomium Museum (ADAM) invited the German Vitra Design Museum to show its comprehensive retrospective exhibition on Bauhaus. The German art school, famed for threading the fine line between art, craft, technique and industry, is presented in all its facets through a four-part exhibition timeline, starting with the movement’s historical and social contexts, going on to iconic representative oeuvres by pioneers such as Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky and Marianne Brandt as well as their contemporary counterparts Konstantin Grcic and Norman Foster, all while offering a larger vision of Bauhaus’ influence on the worlds of theatre and architecture, and the emblematic idea of the gesamtkunstwerk. This Sunday, the museum invites art historian and independent researcher Laura Kollwelter for a French-spoken lecture on the cultural transfers between Germany and Belgium at the start of the 20th century, and Belgium’s role in the Bauhaus movement.

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