Clubs, concerts and a SMAK of raw talent. This weekend in Belgium.

Clément Montagne, Brussels

Frequent Word readers might have already have come across emerging young photographer Clément Montagne, who was not only nominated by one of Belgium’s biggest contemporary photographers, Gilbert Fastenaekens, as his favorite rising talent in The Word’s photography special, but one of his images even scored a place on the cover of our grey album. And now you can take a closer look at Clément’s work at Brussels’ Contretype Gallery.

From 26th September to 21st October
Contretype Gallery, Avenue de la Jonction 1 Verbindingslaan – 1060 Brussels

DSCTHK, Brussels

Night owls Thibaut Blondiau and Jérôme André have dedicated an entire exhibition to the architecture of nightlife in Belgium, for which they visited over 200 locations – from house party temples to quiet Sunday chill-out spots – on nightly tours that took the pair several years and a lot of sleepness nights to accomplish. Using a mixed media approach, theirs is an interesting visual take on Belgium’s club scene that also invites the visitor to join a theoretical debate on the notion of nightlife itself.

Until 6th October
Recyclart, Rue des Ursulines 25 Ursulinenstraat – 1000 Brussels

Weightlessness, Brussels

‘Weightlessness’ is the most recent solo exhibition by Belgian photographer Michel Mazzoni hosted by Brussels’ Anyspace, and for which the artist has created an in situ installation that plays with time and space. In his images he focuses on geographical border regions, lost places that were touched by history but later deserted and abandoned, a practice that Mazzoni himself describes as an ‘archeology of the untouchable’.

Opening 29th September
La Lustrerie, Rue des Palais 153 Paleizenstraat – 1030 Brussels

TRUST: Military Minded, Brussels

After four weeks of countless exhibitions, open doors and roundtables, Brussels’ Design September is coming to an close. To celebrate the end of this year’s edition, TRUST is throwing an exhibition-cum-party with the theme ‘Military Minded’ where revelers will be able to catch up on the work of painter Sandrine Astier and photographers Miquy Ferreira Aguiar Donge and David Widart, as well as dance to the tunes of some of Belgium’s hottest DJs, with Dynooo, Miss Hot Tracks and others all present and correct on the decks.

September 29th
T.A.G City – Passage Charles Rogier 23d Tunnel Brabant – 1210 Brussels

Matthew Brannon, Antwerp

Antwerp’s Office Baroque Gallery has a treat this autumn for art buffs with Belgium’s very first date with American artist Matthew Brannon in solo show. Especially for ‘The Ventriloquist’, Bannon has created a new body of work that continues to explore the major recurrent theme of his entire oeuvre: psychoanalysis and feelings of failure, misfortune, desire and emotional contradiction. His signature style is characterised by the juxtaposition of sculpture, letterpress prints, wallpaper, hand painted signs and collage.

Until 20th October
Office Baroque Gallery, Lange Kievitstraat 48 – 2018 Antwerpen

Narcisse Tordoir, Antwerp

Narcisse Tordoir, a Belgian artist living and working in Antwerp, has been around for quite a while. His current gig, a solo show titled  ‘Pink Spy’, is an impressive and emotionally heavy collection of large-scale paintings that nod to baroque Italian artworks such as those of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Bursting with energy, they’re shrouded in a dark, vivid and often disturbing atmosphere.

Until 13th October
Galerie Van der Weghe, Pourbusstraat 5 – 2000 Antwerp

Stine Sampers, Antwerp

Despite her tender years, 19 year old photographer Stine Sampers is one of the country’s most promising names in photography. Ghent-based though originally hailing from Alveringem, Sampers has already been published in books and exhibited in the hallowed halls of renowned spaced such as FoMu, Antwerp’s photography museum. Now you can check out her solo show at Antwerp’s In Aanmaak, a selection of images from 2011 and 2012.

Opening 29th September
In Aanmaak, Lamorinierestraat 161 A – 2018 Antwerp

Ensemblematic, Ghent

Ghent’s SMAK prides itself on its dual policy of exhibiting and collecting. “At SMAK, both go hand in hand”, artistic director Philippe Van Cauteren proudly proclaims. The Ensemblematic show is a case in point: it unites different ensembles of artists’ works in one big exhibition that demonstrates the museum’s history and long, personal relationship with certain artists. There are featured are pieces from Joseph Beuys and Jan Fabre to Thierry De Cordier, Thomas Schütte and Luc Tuymans.

Until 6th January
SMAK, Citadelpark – 9000 Ghent

Death in Vegas, Ghent

The UK’s Death in Vegas are coming to Belgium this weekend and bringing with them the same psychedelic rock and electro they’ve been peddling since the 90s. After core member Richard Fearless’ move to New York and a six year hiatus, they launched a new album last year called Trans-Love Energies, and BBC’s music scribblers called it ‘Tough, transcendent and sexy in a rather odd fashion’ – and we’re inclined to agree.

30th September
Vooruit, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23 – 9000 Ghent

Metamorphose, Liège

At 2012’s RECIPROCITY DESIGN LIEGE don’t miss the group exhibition ‘Metamorphose’ a product of the fruitful collaboration between a host of artists specialising in different genres. David Widart, Richard Colvaen, Jonathan Honvoh, Rodrigue Strouwen, Nicolas Masson and Mike Latona combine soundscapes, video, photography, sculpture and installations to form one coherent whole, an interesting mix of styles and an original approach that’s definitely worth a trip to deepest Wallonia.

Until 27th October
Les Brasseurs, Rue des Brasseurs, 6 – 4000 Liège