15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Exhibition openings galore in Brussels, back-to-back DJ sets in Antwerp and snapshot paintings in Liège.

Wednesday 11th January: Camera at Le Bunker, Brussels

For the 4th Krautrock from hell edition Le Bunker invited Berlin-based neo-kraut band Camera who’ll be presenting their most recent album Phantom of Liberty. Brussels-based A Supernaut is set to warm up the crowd with their unique blend of funk and psych.

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Thursday 12th January: Sven ‘t Jolle at WIELS, Brussels

Never scared to shy away from strong critiques towards neo-liberalism, immigration policies and other political issues, Sven ‘t Jolle explores everyday citations and popular culture in order to create sculptures, installations and works on paper that question the very world we live in. Runs until 19th March.

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Thursday 12th January: Emmanuel Van Der Auwera at Harlan Levey, Brussels

Harlan Levey gallery presents the first solo exhibition by Brussels-based visual artist Emmanuel Van Der Auwera. Through videos, photos and installations, Van Der Auwera unravels the simulation and framing of messages. Drawing inspiration from political and historical as well as aesthetic motives, his work can be perceived as a critical stance towards new ways of communication, and an analysis of contemporary interaction in these virtual words. Read our interview with the artist over here. Exhibition runs until 4th March.

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Thursday 12th January: Louisa Gagliardi at Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels

Swiss Digital illustrator Louisa Gagliardi’s artworks feel, at times, surreal, are ridden with warped perspectives and have the power to unsettle the viewer, turning him into a voyeur of sorts. After recent group exhibitions at Rome’s Instituto Svizzero and Berlin’s Konig Galerie, Rodolphe Janssen invites the artist for a solo exhibition that runs until 11th February.

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Thursday 12th January: Dieter Von Deurne at Bagger, Antwerp

Dieter Von Deurne, a brand new band with members of The Go Find, De Portables and many others that surely ring a bell, is having its first try-out concert at Antwerp’s Bagger, while presenting their upcoming album that’ll be out on Berlin’s Morr Music soon. Enough to make us curious as hell.

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Thursday 12th January: Robert Devriendt at Albert Baronian, Brussels

Bruges-based painter Robert Devriendt, whose work is often seen as a contemporary extension of the Flemish primitive movement, presents a new series of miniature paintings at Albert Baronian starting this Thursday. Exhibition runs until 4th March.

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Friday 13th January: Dimitri Runkkari at Bonnefooi, Brussels

A night-long musical selection by Dimitri Runkkari, the man behind Vlek‘s stunning vinyl artwork at downtown dig Bonnefooi. Not to be missed.

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Saturday 14th January: Journée Biestebroekdag at Biestebroek, Brussels

Vzw/Asbl Toestand’s offspring Biestebroek, a sustainable neighbourhood project in Anderlecht, hosts its official opening to the public this weekend with guided tours, ping pong, music and all-round cosy vibes.

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Saturday 14th January: City Night Line #1 at Recyclart, Brussels

A night out at Recyclart courtesy of City Night Line, a Swiss collective with close ties to Brussels’ vzw/asbl Toestand. Music duties are covered by Lawrence Le Doux, DJ Walrus, Nicolas Engel Piano Piano, Colliding Fields and many others, and all profits go to both collective’s next sustainable construction project, so by all means, don’t miss it.

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Saturday 14th January: Sara Bjarland at Hopstreet Brussels

Finnish artist Sara Bjarland’s photographs strongly evoke feelings of destruction and transformation at the same time, picturing objects devoid of decoration, leaving solely a highly personal impression on the viewer. Brussels’ Hopstreet Gallery invites the artist for a solo exhibition, which runs until 25th February.

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Saturday 14th January: Faisal and Lefto all night long at Klub Goud, Antwerp

A back-to-back all nighter with Faisal and Lefto, two of the country’s finest DJs, at Antwerp’s now legendary Klub Goud skyscraper venue.

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Saturday 14th January: Francois Medard at Les Brasseurs, Liège

Belgian painter François Medard, known for his figurative snapshot paintings, presents his most recent solo exhibition ‘Connais tu le chemin’ at Liège’s Les Brasseurs this Saturday. Exhibition runs until 25th February.

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Sunday 15th January: Raoul De Keyser and Anton Corbijn at Zeno X, Antwerp

Zeno X opens Sunday with two not-to-miss exhibitions, featuring early works by visionary Belgian painter Raoul De Keyser and music photography by iconic Dutch photographer and film maker Anton Corbijn. Runs until 25th February.

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Sunday 15th January: Mirrors for psychic warfare at Het Bos, Antwerp

Mirrors for psychic warfare, a collaborative effort between Neurosis’ Scott Kelly and sound engineer Sanford Parker are set to present their pulsating and compelling self-titled debut album at het Bos on Sunday.

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