15 things to do in Belgium this weekend

Photography evenings, blackout sessions and synth queens. Do the right thing.

1. Tuesday 17th January: Novelty Ltd. at La Verrière, Brussels

La Verrière, Hermès Foundation’s Brussels art space, invited UK-born sculptor Douglas Eynon and French artist Erwan Mahéo to collaborate for the third cycle in Hermès’ Balistic Poetry series. Runs until 25th March.

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2. Wednesday 18th January: Blackout session at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

A pitch-dark listening session of Front 242’s Front by Front in Beursschouwburg’s Golden Hall. Goosebumps guaranteed.

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3. Thursday 19th January: The Choolers Division at BRASS, Brussels

A musical blend of different European artists playing together with developmentally challenged musicians, The Choolers take to BRASS’ stage for a performance filled with wind instuments, catchy drums, electronics, voices and heavy guitar riffs. They’re joined by local rapper Zwangere Guy and producer Le Motel. Not to be missed.

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4. Thursday 19th January: Extra fort at Recyclart

This week’s Extra Fort photography evening invites British photographer Antony Cairns for a lecture clarifying and explaining his use of antiquated analog techniques, while shedding a light on his subjects and settings. Alongside, Belgian photographers Christophe de Bétune and Simon Vansteenwinckel are presenting a black-and white series located somewhere between documentary and expressionism.

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5. Thursday 19th January: Sixe Paredes at Alice Gallery, Brussels

Raw patterns, ancestral influences and modern minimalism come together in Spanish artist Sixe Paredes’ solo exhibition at Brussels’ Alice Gallery. Runs until 17th March.

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6. Thursday 19th January: Joachim Badenhorst at BOZAR, Brussels

Part of BOZAR’s current focus on avant-garde in all its forms, the institution brings clerinetist Joachim Badenhorst to its exhibition rooms for a performance and interaction that oscillates somewhere between sound, space, composition and improvisation.

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7. Friday 20th January: Henrik Olai Kaarstein at Composite, Brussels

Henrik Olai Kaarstein finds himself somewhere between Oslo and Brussels, creating paintings that are slightly sentimental and highly aesthetic. At Composite art space in Brussels’ city centre, the Norwegian painter presents “New Promises”, a recent series of his emblematic symbolic abstractions. Runs until 25th February.

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8. Friday 20th January: Ukraine on film at Bozar, Brussels

Four screenings of Ukrainian award-winning cult movies, explaining you everything there is to know about the Black Sea country.

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9. Friday 20th January: Alexandre Da Cunha at Office Baroque, Brussels

After participating in several group exhibitions at Office Baroque, the Brussels gallery now invites Brazilian artist Alexandra Da Cunha for his first solo exhibition in our country. Covering the gallery walls with life-size monochromatic paintings ridden with trivial everyday objects, Da Cunha explores cultural subtleties between layers and layers of ambiguity. Runs until 4th March.

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10. Friday 20th January: Erika Hock at Sofie Van De Velde, Antwerp

Erika Hock’s solo exhibition ‘The Phantom Table’ balances somewhere in the spectrum between design and autonomous sculptures, taken from her ongoing series ‘Elbows and Knees’. Runs until 18th February.

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11. Friday 20th January: H. Von Velvet and S. Bureau at Le Vecteur, Charleroi

Both part of E² Gallery, H Von Velvet and Sylvain Bureau create their own dreamy and fantastical universe through drawings, publication, gravures and photography. Their exhibition opens this Friday at Charleroi’s Vecteur, and is inaugurated with concerts by Usé and Electric Electric. Runs until 25th February.

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12. Saturday 21st January: Nose Job at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

This month’s edition of Rick Shiver‘s Nose Job invites none other than synth queen (and one half of Canadian duo Essaie Pas) Marie Davidson for an enthralling live set, joined by Vlek’s Tav Exotic and an eclectic DJ set by Shiver himself.

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13. Sunday 22nd January: Nicolas Lamas at Marion De Cannière, Antwerp

Through objects, Nicolas Lamas poetically puts elements into interaction, often creating new layers of semantics. His most recent solo exhibition opens this Sunday at Marion de Cannière art space in Antwerp, and runs until 25th February.

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14. Sunday 22nd January: Anthony Cairns at Stieglitz19, Antwerp

After his Extra Fort lecture on Wednesday, London-based photographer Antony Cairns heads to Antwerp 0n Sunday for the opening of his solo exhibition at Stieglitz19, where he’ll present his Osaka and LA-LV-series. A collection of assemblages printed using experimental and alternative printing methods, Cairns depicts the city like you’ve never seen it before. Runs until 4th March.

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15. Sunday 22nd January: Marc Vanderleenen at Annie Gentils, Antwerp

Marc Vanderleenen’s third solo exhibition at Antwerp’s Annie Gentils gallery is comprised of a new series of paintings and sculptures, titled ‘Priming’. Seemingly born out of a past century’s melancholia, the artist’s body of work shows a prime knowledge of painting techniques and influences. Runs until 5th March.

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