Brainbox, Richard Serra and Happy birthday dear Academy

Brussels

1. Bernd & Hilla Becher at Fondation A Stichting

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Fondation A Stichting is hosting a show of the fascinating industrial megaliths photographed by German duo Bernd and Hilla Becher. For decades this husband and wife team have documented  industrial architecture like water towers, blast furnaces, grain elevators, winding towers, cooling towers and gas tanks, creating one of the largest industrial archives of our time. The American photo mag praises their “ability to create work that is specifically photographic while gesturing beyond the medium – to sculpture, to music – pointing up the vastness, the flexibility of what photography can do and be.” An unmissable collection.

Until 15 December
Fondation A Stichting, Av. Van Volxemlaan 304 – 1190 Brussels
www.fondationastichting.be

2. Les Salons du Salon at Island

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Island project room, a new-ish art space in Brussels, and reputed art website Le Salon have teamed up for a series of talks and lectures that brings together artists, critics and curators. The first one is taking place this Sunday and features art critic and curator Nicolas Trembley as well as Virginie Devillez, Director of the Daniel Templon Gallery in Brussels and the founder of Middlemarch. Their topic of choice is German ceramics.

3 November, 16h00
Island, Chaussée de Wavre 155 Waversesteenweg – 1050 Brussels
www.islandisland.be

3. Gedi Sibony at Gladstone Gallery

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New York artist Gedi Sibony makes artwork out of pieces from tractor-trailer vans, cardboard, garbage bags or radiators, playing with notions of art and gallery exhibitions. Here, he presents a selection of eight sculptural works. “To me the materials don’t feel like a choice. And they don’t seem industrial. I use what is here. This is the only way I can move. It started with a hollow core door I found to use as a table-top”, he told Mousse Magazine.

Until 20 December
Gladstone Gallery, Rue du Grand Cerf 12 Grotehertstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.gladstonegallery.com

4. Catclub at Wild Gallery

Cologne’s Marvin Horsch, Belgian DC Salas and Beautiful Swimmers from Washington DC? It can only mean that our favourite Brussels party night is back this weekend with a bang. The American duo have just released their debut album earlier this year and, according to Fact Mag, they deliver on their promise of unexpected vibes.”Also on the menu: visual goodies by Belgian graphic artists Überknackig.

2 November, 23h00
Wild Gallery, Rue du Charroi 11 Gerijstraat – 1190 Brussels
www.catclub.be

Antwerp

5. Richard Serra at Axel Vervoordt Gallery

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Over several decades Richard Serra, most famous for his minimalist sculptures, has built up a vast and eclectic oeuvre. Axel Vervoordt is now exhibiting a selection of works by Serra, one of the most significant artists of his generation. The show highlights his black Wall Drawings from the ’70s which were an attempt to create non-referential, autonomous drawings. “Few artists have pushed drawing to such sculptural and even architectural extremes as Richard Serra. He has magnified the medium with immense black shapes that sit directly on the wall, their absorptive darkness forcing the space around them to expand or contract,” writes The New York Times.

Until 1 December
Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Oude Koornmarkt 16 – 2000 Antwerp
www.axel-vervoordt.com

6. De Beperking van het Getal Kinders at Lokaal01

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“When I was asked to participate, I immediately said ‘yes’ because it’s the strangest subject I’ve ever been asked for,” writes Belgian artist Lieven Segers, referring to Croxhapox’s “The limitation of the number children”, an artistic exploration of the 40th anniversary of the abolition of the prohibition on the distribution and promotion of contraception. Including works by Pieterjan Ginckels whose studio we visited for The second best edition, Thierry Mortier, Colin Waeghe and Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, who gave us a glimpse at her sketchbooks as part of the Third rate edition.

Until 9 November
Lokaal01, Provinciestraat 287 – 2018 Antwerp
www.lokaal01.nl

7. Happy Birthday Dear Academy at MAS

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Happy Birthday Dear Academy” is a splendid celebration of 350 years of history at Antwerp’s renowned Royal Academy of Fine Arts. They’re putting on a smashing anniversary exhibition that juxtaposes old classics like Rubens or Teniers with more recent artists like Van Gogh and Panamarenko as well as the creations of many former students like Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Cindy Wright, and many more.

Until January 2014
MAS, Hanzestedenplaats 1  2000 Antwerp
www.mas.be

8. Everything and More at Tim Van Laere

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Tim Van Laere’s current exhibition “Everything and more” certainly lives up to its title: uniting artworks by Belgian painting champion James Ensor, Berlin-based enfant terrible Jonathan Meese, Poland’s Tomasz Kowalski, Austrian eminency Franz West and Israelian multimedia artist Tal R. A fascinating and eclectic group show that crosses generations, practices and genres.

Until 30 November
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Verlatstraat 23-25 – 2000 Antwerp
www.timvanlaeregallery.com

Ghent

9. Brainbox at Croxhapox

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Croxhapox’s Brainbox project brings together an interesting mix of 22 artists, with some more famous and established than others, and all from different disciplines and ages. They’ve been divided into seven working groups – each group works together for one week, and their artworks are based on the presentation made by the group who went before. The third edition of this original concept unites Belgian painter Michaël Borremans and emerging artists like Kelly Schacht, Benjamin Verdonck and Hannelore Van Dijck, who we interviewed for our new issue, The third rate edition.

Until 22 December
Croxhapox, Lucas Munichstraat 76-82 – 9000 Ghent
www.croxhapox.org

10. Klaus Rommelare and Sanne Delcroix at NVT Gallery

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Ghent’s NVT Gallery just opened last year with the goal of putting forward young, emerging artists. Now the founders Elske and Tom are putting on a duo show presenting the works of Klaas Rommelaere, a KASK fashion graduate who has already worked with bigshots like Raf Simons and Henrik Vibskov. His creations are juxtaposed with the captivating images of young Belgian photographer Sanne Delcroix, who you might remember for her series on new beginnings shot for this magazine.

Opening 1 November
NVT Gallery,  Dampoortstraat 26 – 9000 Ghent
www.nvtgalerie.be