A weekend of Mykki Blanco, Chvrches and TUFTUFTUFTUF

Brussels

1. Who is Undecided? at La Galerie

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Photography Olivier Donnet

Who is Undecided? is much more than just an exhibition. Initiated by Undecided Productions, it unites exhibitions that showcase the work of perhaps Belgium’s best known music photographer Olivier Donnet, and those of the talented Sasha Vernaeve. There’s also concerts by Brain Rain and Brussels Pony Club (listen to their exclusive Word mix here) as well as a series of short films, a DJ workshop, a vintage market and a barbecue. Phew.

From 17 to 20 October
La Galerie, Rue du Chevreuil 18 Reebokstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.facebook.com/UndecidedProductions

2. Etienne Courtois at Island

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Etienne Courtois, investment banker-turned-artist, lives and works in Brussels. With ‘It’s difficult to be a God when bananas eat monkeys’ (it’s the title of a Charles Bukowski poem) Island Gallery is putting on the very first solo show of the upcoming Belgian-Irish talent. Courtois’ mesmerising creations range from portraits to landscapes and still-lives in a contemplative style of photography that finds its inspiration in the direct experience of its surroundings.

Opening 17 October
Island, Chaussée de Wavre 155 Waversesteenweg – 1050 Brussels
www.islandisland.be

3. Ivan Argote, Adrian Melis and Ahmet Ögüt at D+T Project Gallery

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Brussels’ D+T Project Gallery is bringing three international artists together for the very first time, juxtaposing their works in a quest to draw comparisons on their use of visual language to comment on social issues. While Turkish artist Ahmet Öğüt humorously explores social protocols and societal constraints, Cuban-born Adrian Melis dedicates his efforts to issues like working conditions in his home country while Colombian Ivan Argote investigates the perspectives imposed by social positions. A challenging collection.

Opening 19 October
D+T Project Gallery, Rue Bosquetstraat 4 – 1060 Brussels
www.dt-project.com

4. Walk #2

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Dedicated to photography and the image in all its forms including videos to books, Walk #2 invites visitors on a stroll through Brussels’ Ixelles neighbourhood, stopping off at exhibitions, projections and debates in different places. Featuring works by Charlotte Walker, Hugues De Wurstemberger, Bertrand Cavalier and Anne De Gelas, who we interviewed here. A sure thing for photography fans.

From 16 to 20 October
Various locations
www.walk2.be
 
5. TUFTUFTUFTUF at De La Charge

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This bizarrely-titled exhibition, TUFTUFTUFTUF, unites four solo exhibitions under the same roof. All have been thought up separately but are linked in one way or another to the concept of a tufa – a phenomenon that describes unusual landscapes comprised of a rock type called tufa and a water source. This Thursday sees the opening of the series’ third expo, presenting a selection of drawings by Belgian artist Jiacinto Branducci.

Until 27 October
De La Charge, Rue Théodore Verhaegenstraat 152 – 1060 Bruxelles
www.delacharge.com

6. Los Ninos LXI at Recyclart

The Los Ninos party series has a very special treat in store for all you party lovers: the highlight of this show’s line-up is none other than American rapper and performance artist Michael Quattlebaum Jr. aka Mykki Blanco, known for his (or her) energetic, totally insane liveshows. “Blanco’s identity crisis is acted out in front of us, in a show that’s as much a piece of Manhattan performance art as it is a hip-hop gig,” writes The Guardian. Mykki will be joined by Dutch outfit The Stress, Belgians Deer du Bois and American Slava. Get ready for a wild night.

19 October
Recyclart, Rue des Ursulines 25 Ursulinenstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.recyclart.be

7. CHVRCHES and Thumpers at AB

Together with Haim an Angel Haze, CHVRCHES have been nominated for the reputed BBC Sound of 2013. Now the Scottish snyth pop threesome is coming to Brussels to present their debut studio album The Bones of What You Believe. The record scored the best new music accolade by the gurus from Pitchfork, who claim they offer “a seamless fusion of emotive theatrics, hook-loaded songwriting, and some of the more forward-thinking sonics in electronic music right now.” They’ll be supported by Thumpers, from London.

19 October
L’Ancienne Belgique, Avenue Anspach 10 Anspachlaan – 1000 Brussels
www.abconcerts.be 

Antwerp

8. Rain after Snow at Objectif Exhibitions

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Belgian artist Freek Wambacq’s solo show Rain after Snow continues beyond the walls of the Antwerp gallery, and continues on a trail through the city. The artist installed his creations at 14 rather unlikely locations, ranging from a hearing aid shop to a library and a fitness center. His works are inspired by cinematic sound effects, and features such delights as a stack of gloves turned into a flock of birds, or a stalk of celery as a cracking human femur.

Until 26 October
Objectif Exhibitions, Kleine Markt 7–9/26 – 2000 Antwerp
www.objectif-exhibitions.org

Ghent

9. Javier Tellez at SMAK

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After making it into Kassels’ dOCUMENTA (13) last year, Venezuelan artist Javier Téllez is now showing his biggest films and installations of the last decade at Ghent’s SMAK, offering an extensive insight into his fascinating practice. As the son of two psychiatrists, he developed a special interest in people dealing with mental illnesses and involves them in his working process in a dignified, sensitive way, being careful to avoid stereotypes. His goal is to explore the blurry boundaries between the normal and the pathological. According to fellow artist Pedro Reyes he is the kind of person “for whom the boundary between reality and unreality, reason and madness, is not only shadowy but also worth delving into.”

Until 26 January
SMAK, Citadelpark – 9000 Ghent
www.smak.be

Deinze

10. Raoul De Keyser at Museum van Deinze

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Raoul de Keyser, one of the most important abstract painters of his time, sadly died last year. He was born in Deinze back in the ’30s, and he lived there all his life. The museum in his hometown is now putting on an exhibition that concentrates on his artistic practice between 1964 and 1970, shining a spotlight on his earlier works. His “evocative, seemingly awkward abstractions both celebrated and questioned his medium,” wrote The New York Times in their obituary. Definitely worth the trip.

Opening 18 October
Deinze Museum, L. Matthyslaan 3-5 – 9800 Deinze
www.deinze.be