Artful pinups and photo shows from the pros


1. Exhibition: Olivier Cornil at Contretype


Despite living in Brussels, photographer Olivier Cornil tries to get out of it as often as possible: his work has him exploring countries from China to Argentina and Chile, as well as going on tour with Belgian indie rockers Girls in Hawaii. With ‘Homeland Vladivostok’, Contretype are now showing a selection of his captivating photographs shot here and elsewhere. “For me, both images and texts are small windows which express things I find interesting, so I isolate them, though I am aware that others won’t always share my interest,” says Olivier.

Until 20 October
Contretype Gallery, Avenue de la Jonction 1 Verbindingslaan – 1060 Brussels

2. Exhibition: Ilan Weiss at Contretype

Brussels photography gallery Contretype are currently gorging themselves on local talent: apart from showing the work of Olivier Cornil, they’re also exhibiting the intriguing images of Belgian photographer Ilan Weiss. The works on show, a selection from different series from the last three years, are all inspired in one way or another by Albert Camus’ The myth of Sisyphus. “It’s a lyrical representation of the inevitable disappearance of all those around us, as well as of our own reduction to nothingness, experienced as a relief, close to a child’s view of paradise,” writes the artist.

Until 20 October
Contretype Gallery, Avenue de la Jonction 1 Verbindingslaan – 1060 Brussels

3. Exhibition: Hamza Halloubi at Bozar


Dividing his time between Tangier, Ghent and Brussels, the artist Hamza Halloubi produces sculptures, installations, photography and video art. His thematic focus mostly revolves around personal experiences and the grammar and semiotics of language and film, and Bozar are currently screening his video, Nature Morte, a piece he made for the current Giorgio Morandi retrospective, in order to put the artist’s work in a historical context.

Until 3 September
Bozar, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels

4. Exhibition: Evi Vingerling at Wiels


Evi Vingerling, who divides his time between Amsterdam and Eindhoven, makes room for the trivial and overlooked in her art, and is inspired by ordinary things like plants and fireworks. Wiels is now exhibiting a selection of her sensual, colourful paintings; fascinating, abstract versions of the world around her. Evi Vingerling’s works are also currently on show at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.

Until 8 September
Wiels, Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354 – 1190 Brussels

5. Exhibition: Mig Quinet at Musée d’Ixelles


More than ten years after her death, Brussels’ Musée d’Ixelles are exhibiting the paintings of Mig Quinet, one of Belgium’s main figures of lyrical abstraction in the 20th century. Exploring the relationship between form and colour, Quinet’s vibrant, powerful paintings play with the flow of earthly elements like fire and water.

Until 15 September
Musée d’Ixelles, Rue Jean Van Volsemstraat 71 – 1050 Brussels


6. Exhibition and magazine launch: One Armed Man at Design center De Winkelhaak

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The project One Armed Man is an ode to the world of pin-ups. Uniting the works of a number of different artists and mediums ranging from photographs and illustrations to graphic design, the initiators have created a magazine dedicated to the subject. Designcenter De Winkelhaak‘s exhibition features not only the magazine but also the artworks submitted by the individual artists. Featuring works by Eva Wuyts, Jelle Kindt and Sarah Vanbelle.

Until 30 August
Designcenter De Winkelhaak, Lange Winkelhaakstraat 26 – 2060 Antwerp


7. Double exhibition: No Age and Private Rooms at PAK

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Detail from a photograph by Stine Sampers

PAK have got a choice of two different exhibitions this weekend: No Age features the works of Koen Delaere and German artist Matthias Dornfeld, whopaints women and vases of flowers with a cruel charisma reminiscent of Emil Nolde,” according to The New York Times. Private Room unites the works of seven upcoming photographers, including rising Belgian star Stine Sampers. An exhibition not to be missed.

Opening 1 September, 16h00
Exhibition runs until 10 October
PAK, Dullaertweg 80 – 8470 Gistel


8. Exhibition: Alexia Cooper at Pop Up


Louvain-la-Neuve’s Pop Up shop, known for its nice selection of playful objects and lovely gadgets, is inviting you over for some drinks and discovery, namely the fascinating illustrations and paintings of ENSAV La Cambre graduate Alexia Cooper. The Brussels-based artist’s creations will be on show until 4 October.

Opening 30 August, 18h30
Pop Up, Passage de l’Ergot 34, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
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