Belgian modern art and Catclub’s birthday bash. This weekend in Belgium.

Art Belge, Brussels

Brussels’ Musée d’Ixelles is putting on an exhibition dedicated to Belgian modern art based on the private collections of Carline and Maurice Verbaet. Featured artists include Léon Spilliaert, Jules Schmalzigaug and Victor Servranckx in an eclectic and genre-crossing selection of 20th century pieces that include paintings and sculptures. A great opportunity to rekindle an appreciation for Belgian artistic output.

Until 20th January
Musée d’Ixelles, Rue Jean Van Volsemstraat 71 – 1050 Brussels

La Petite Princesse, Brussels

Memymom, the Brussels-based photography mother/daughter duo that we profiled for the website a while ago, are currently having a solo exhibition at Brussels’ Recyclart. The show, titled ‘La Petite Princesse’, tells the story of a modern-day princess who finds refuge in her own world, a new reality that takes her away from a harsh and grey everyday life. A fascinating and otherworldly series by Lisa De Boeck and Marilène Coolens that evokes their typical fairytale-like style with sombre undertones.

Until 19th November
Recyclart, Rue des Ursulines 25 Ursulinenstraat – 1000 Brussels

Cast Lead, Brussels

On the occasion of All Souls’ Day, a day of remembrance for the deceased, Brussels’ Bozar is hosting an installation commemorating the victims of Operation Cast Lead, carried out in Gaza by the Israeli army in 2008/09. The temporary memorial is made up of 1430 books, with each one bearing the name of one of the victims and a symbol for knowledge as opposed to the ravages of war. Visitors can purchase one of the books and watch a performance by actor and writer Taher Najib. An original plea for peace and humanity.

2nd November
Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels

Judy Joy Ross, Brussels

American photographer Judy Joy Ross, born in Pennsylvania, is known for her intriguing, intimate and intense portraits that are characterised by tight framing and the full frontal position of the subjects. The New York Times profiled her here. The exhibition at Fondation A Stichting focuses on this particular aspect of the artist’s oeuvre, showcasing portraits taken over three decades and ranging from school children to political activists. Most images are based on random, short encounters in parks, supermarkets or in the street and are reminiscent of Ross’s contemporaries, like August Sander, Diane Arbus and Rineke Dijkstra.

Until 23rd December
Fondation A Stichting, Av. Van Volxemlaan 304 -1190 Brussels

Liars, Brussels

Brooklyn-based Liars, labeled “one of the greatest avant-pop groups of our age” by the Quietus, draw on the late 1970’s British post-punk period. They’re known for massive style shifts between albums that blend experimental and noise rock with dance and art punk. This June the three-piece released ‘WIXIW’, their sixth record and one of their more adventurous and darker efforts to date, opting to lean more toward 60s garage rock. This weekend live at the Botanique.

2nd November
Botanique, Rue Royale 236 Koningsstraat – 1000 Brussels

M83, Brussels

With his ambitious 22-track double album ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’, M83, the musical project led by Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez, has enjoyed considerable success, and not just with indie pop enthusiasts. ‘Midnight City’, a perfect demonstration of the band’s unique and majestic brand of hazy electronic dreampop, has been surfing the radio waves since October last year. The Independent has praised it as “extraordinary” and “a towering city of sparkling synth edifices simultaneously summoning the best of the 1980s and the current breed” and this weekend you’re invited to check out M83 live on stage at Brussels’ AB.

2nd November
Ancienne Belgique, Avenue Anspach 10 Anspachlaan – 1000 Brussels

Hot Chip, Brussels

British electronic quintet Hot Chip are celebrating 12 years together, though they’re nowhere near running out of ideas just yet. Their fifth record, ‘In our Heads’, is “their most playful and colorful record yet”, according to Pitchfork. The quirky and slightly nerdy London five-piece, made up of Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard, Owen Clarke, Al Doyle and Felix Martin are known for their energetic live gigs – a great mixture of thumping, dancy tunes and softly-softly ballads.

3rd November
Ancienne Belgique, Avenue Anspach 10 Anspachlaan – 1000 Brussels

Catclub, Brussels

Hard to believe, but true: Catclub, a city soirée that has contributed considerably to improving the nightlife of our dear capital, is celebrating its 10th birthday this weekend. For the occasion, Catclub mommy Lady Jane is throwing a birthday bash to remember. Behind the decks you’ll find the crème de la crème of Cologne’s electronic music scene, from Hufschlag & Braun to Barnt. Get ready for a wild night (at, fittingly, Wild Gallery).

3rd November
Wild gallery, Rue du Charroi 11 Gerijstraat – 1190 Brussels

Grizzly Bear, Brussels

Following on from their breakthrough record ‘Veckatimest’ in 2009, Brooklyn-based psychedelic folk pop outfit Grizzly Bear this year released ‘Shields’, a second album that scored the best new music label from renowned music gurus Pitchfork, who called it ‘compositionally adventurous’. A melancholic and gorgeous record packed full of pure listening pleasure, and one that you can experience live this weekend at Brussels’ AB.

4th November
Ancienne Belgique, Avenue Anspach 10 Anspachlaan – 1000 Brussels

Abandoned Places, Antwerp

Armed with only a camera, Antwerp-born Henk van Rensbergen explores urban wastelands and abandoned spaces all around the globe, from Iceland to the Caribbean, aiming his lens at former hospitals, factories and abandoned power plants.  “I love to rediscover what has been forgotten, to relive what has happened, to listen to sounds that no longer are, to just sit down and imagine what the ghosts that are still around are telling me, showing me…” he says of his collection, a sentiment perfectly evoked in his images. Now on show in Antwerp.

Until 4th November
Life is art Gallery, Quellinstraat 46 – 2000 Antwerp