Design, drawings and an electronic music festival. This weekend in Belgium

Fred Bervoets, Brussels

Belgian artist Fred Bervoets produces monumental artworks which serve to illustrate his private life whilst at the same time commenting on social woes such as violence, sex or chaos. Bervoets’ neo-expressionst paintings and etchings – the latter have become his main focus over the years – hark back to German painters Immendorff or Baselitz. A unique chance to catch a glimpse into the world of one of Belgium’s most important artists.

Until 30th August
Sorry We’re Closed, Rue de la Régence 65A Regentschapsstraat- 1000 Brussels

The Aspiration Factory, Brussels

Uniting the eclectic and varied works of 12 international artists, this group show blends many genres into one comprehensive jamboree. Jean Katambayi Mukendi from Lubumbashi, for instance, makes sculptures out of cardboard and electrical appliances whilst Marko Mäetamm creates drawings inspired from horror stories as in his series ‘Bleeding Houses’. A multi-faceted and heterogeneous show that also includes works from Kate Atkin, Soren Dahlgaard, Chris Barnes, John Isaacs and many others.

Until 11th August
Aeroplastics contemporary, Rue Blanchestraat 32 – 1060 Brussels

The New Harvest 2011, Brussels

Every year, Design Vlaanderen gives a selection of young contemporary designers the chance to shine in their very own group exhibition. This year, 17 designers won over the jury with their portfolios, amongst which stand-outs such as interior designer Tim Baute and glass designer Pia Raeymaekers. An opportunity to take the country’s pulse and get a sense of the talent emerging from Belgian design schools.

Until 19th August
Design Vlaanderen Galerie, Rue de la Chancellerie 19 Kanselarijstraat – 1000 Brussels

Georges Bru, Brussels

In his virtuosic drawings, French artist Georges Bru deals with the dark side of the human mind. His captivating, intimate and at times haunting portraits show humanity at its worst – fearful, uncomfortable, sad and depressed. His figures inhabit a surrealistic, deformed and almost tragic world, made all the more ghostly through Bru’s signature strokes.

Until 12th August
Galerie d’Ys, Rue de l’Arbre Bénit 84 Gewijde-Boomstraat – 1050 Brussels

Inkswel, Brussels

Haling all the way from Australia, Inkswel makes a stop in Brussels this weekend to bring a little down-under flavor to the dancefloor. The Melbourne-based DJ, who has played alongside none other than Dam Funk and James Pants, draws on all genres for his sets which take in everything from soulful beat music and hip hop to disco, boogie, house and funk. He’ll be joined behind the decks by homegrown talents Jazz Neversleeps, Bompa and On-Point’s Alex Deforce. And, as always, it’s all for free!

10th August
Bonnefooi, Rue des Pierres 8 Steenstraat – 1000 Brussels

Electrocity, Brussels

This weekend sees the very first edition of Electrocity, a new electronic party featuring the crème de la crème of Belgian DJs. Everyone from Party Harders to The Subs have been enlisted to get this massive outdoor bash with a dance floor overlooking the city (it’s all happening on the Mont des Arts) pumping.

10th August
Electrocity, Mont des Arts – 1000 Brussels

Brussels Summer Festival

Over 60 years old and still no sign of letting up; legendary weirdo-rockers Iggy & The Stooges are performing at the Brussels Summer Festival this year, sitting pretty at the top of the line-up with The
, Pony Pony Run Run and David Bartholomé. The BSF sees the glorious Belgian capital play host to a 10-day music marathon on the streets that unites all kinds of genres, from jazz and pop to folk, reggae and even classical. Plus, festival groovers can get
into a number of Brussels’ museums for free, and this year rockabilly festival Brockxelles 58 is part of the bash, too.

From 10th to 19th August
BSF, various locations all over Brussels

The Moderns, Antwerp

This exhibition showcases about fifty decisive pieces of Dutch modern art, from paintings to watercolours and drawings that date back until 1850. The selection not only gives an extensive overview of the modern art movement in the Netherlands, but also tells the story of the close relationship between Holland and Belgium. Discover the post-impressionism of iconic painer Vincent Van Gogh, the classical subject paintings of Lawrence Alma-Tadema or the works of Karel Appel, one of the founders of the avant-garde movement Cobra.

Until 26th August
KMSKA, Leopold de Waelplaats 2 – 2000 Antwerp

Uphigh Collective, Leuven

De Remork’ is a new bar in Leuven which begins proceedings with with a DJ set by noneother than Leuven-based Uphigh Collective (whom we interviewed in our latest issue). Backing them up behind the decks are The Mixfits, who played at this year’s Tomorrowland, and 19 year old dubstep prodigy DJ Alectric. Poldoore and trance and house producer Tone Deco complete the line-up for what promises to be a night heavy on the beats.

9th August
Café Remork, Oude Markt 11 – 3000 Leuven

Wastelands, Ghent

The buzzing Belgian music festival scene gets yet another addition: Wastelands. Taking place at DOK, a former industrial site in Ghent, the festival has quite a line-up to boast of for its first edition. Top of the bill: American musician John Maus, who’s played with Ariel Pink, Animal Collective and Panda Bear, indie pop rocker Street Gnar as well as electronic musician Pictureplane from the US.

11th August
DOK, Splitsing Koopvaardijlaan – Afrikalaan – 9000 Ghent

The Bright Hours, Charleroi

‘The Bright Hours’ showcases anonymous memories captured on film on the Belgian coast between 1890 and 1960. A historic but very personal look at everyday life at the beach, juxtaposed with photographs taken by Willy Kessels during the shootings of Belgian filmmaker Henri Storck in Ostend. A trip down memory lane.

Until 16th September
Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Avenue Paul Pastur 11 – 6032 Charleroi