Heartwarming inaugurations in Brussels, psychadelics at large in Mechelen and poetic shadows in Antwerp. Go do the right thing.

Thursday 17th January – Saturday 23rd March: Andrea Éva Győri’s Chest Variations at Harlan Levey Projects, Brussels

An exhibition dedicated to understanding the feminine body, mental health and the taboos surrounding it all. Through her work, Győri attempts to delve deeper into the sensuality of these taboos and extract something deeper about them than what we superficially understand. Start the weekend right.

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Thursday 17th January – Sunday 17th February: Salon de Peinture at M HKA, Antwerp

In a reminiscent nod to the high culture salons of the past, Antwerp’s M HKA have assembled artworks from an impressive roster of 50-odd Belgian and Belgium-based artists from the last century; both established and up-and-coming. Sit and admire the likes of Kasper Bosmans, Raoul De Keyser, Ilse D’Hollander, Sanam Khatibi and many more.

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Thursday 17th January – Saturday 16th February: Léa Belooussovitch’s Percepts at Galerie Esther Verhaeghe, Brussels

Beloousovitch’s work is based heavily on news articles and videos that have a dramatic sense to them. Her paintings, photography and videos are those very same sceneries taken down to their core, removing all distinctive elements and leaving one with the depth of emotion that was taken from the depth of vision. This approach leaves one with an artwork heavily laden with thematic colors inspired by harsh realities. A true test of the nature of reality in itself.

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Thursday 17th January: Transforma Fest at transforma bxl, Brussels

A festival dedicated to creating an ecosystem to harbour all of Belgium’s entrepreneurial talents. From workshops dedicated to the free exchange of ideas between entrepreneurs, innovators and start-up founders alike; to a free market of thoughts and business models discussed between veterans and beginners of the environmentally-friendly business movement, this is not to be missed.

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Thursday 17th January: Decolonialism is not a metaphor! at RITCS, Brussels

An inflation in the use and the demand for decolonisation in the arts pushes for clarification: What can decolonisation mean beyond its metaphorical use? What various forms does the demand of decolonisation take in its plurality in the arts? Following some of its historical lineages, this evening will address the challenges of this bottom-up movement and what it would take to face them in the arts in Belgium and beyond today. Education is key.

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Thursday 17th – Sunday 27th January: Triplan at Grande Surface, Brussels

Quentin Lefranc, Lucie Le Bouder and Ivan Liovik Ebel – three artists blurring the lines between team work and inspiration. Far from a collective, their idea is to show a sort of anarchic synergy that flows in between the three individuals. Every artist creates works through their own research and efforts, whilst in the presence of the other two. This approach shows itself successful in their exhibition that ends up putting all the artists’ work together in a complimenting manner. A political critique in an art show.

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Thursday 17th January – Saturday 16th February: Gavin Turk’s En Oeuf at Maruani Mercier Gallery, Brussels

Gavin Turk is a storyteller with his exhibitions, expressing a deep contradictory pessimism towards the human condition using his art. Underlying his work is the question of what makes up the state we have reached as a species, from a great ape to a great dominator who consumes everything. To that end, he calls his work a “recycling of art”, in the hopes that his throw-back to the history of mankind can inspire re-engagement in us with what came before and what could come after by sparking the flames in our imaginations.

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Thursday 17th January – Sunday 3rd February: Thomas De Decker at Centre Rops, Brussels

De Decker digs for meaning in his work by snatching what we assume gives it value. He takes works of comics, newspapers, photographs and illustrations and recreates them in a vein of robbed realism, extracting definition and meaning by transforming works loaded with it into abstract works of color. Through this approach, he recreates reality by taking it down to its very basics, maintaining only what is conceptually necessary of reality to stimulate the very primal parts of ourselves that make sense of it.

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Friday 18th January – Sunday 3rd March: Mady Andrien at La Boverie, Liège

Andrien brings her sculptures to life using dirt, bronze, steel, hard work and an obsession with detail. She recreates the human body with a specific dynamism that brings the lifeless statues into motion. Her approach is studying the subject of human emotion as it is embodied and by meticulously drawing from her own experiences added to the world she tries to recreate, in turn creating that which brings its own history, emotion and dynamic without having to do more than exist.

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Friday 18th – Sunday 20th January: Punto de Vista at CINEMATEK, Brussels

A sample of the Spanish festival Punto de Vista brought to Brussels: this mini-festival hosted at CINEMATEK will provide an astonishing total of 30 films with four distinct directions, that are all rooted in filmmaking and non-fiction. Get your revolutionary mind set on to the right path and make some wild revelations.

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Friday 18th January: SCPC, Tonnerre, Matthieu Ha + Air LQD at Le Vecteur, Charleroi

As part of their residency at Le Vecteur, the Super Coherent Printing Company collective promises you a night out that will blow your minds as their first event of the year. Mixing the art of printing, drawing, texts, photographs, collages and comics and questions that will keep your mind rolling until reality begins to bend in front of you, they’ll be joined by very special shows courtesy of Tonnerre, Matthieu Ha and Air LQD. If you don’t think a printer can be a tool to make wild art, then this is an invitation to the skeptics.

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Friday 18th January: Monokino at KAAP, Ostend

An exhibition dedicated to showing old films that used 16mm with an eclectic cast of filmmakers who have a wide background in the arts and sciences. Films like Jean Painleve’s L’hippocampe and Les amours de la pieuvre will be on exhibit as well as Ben Rivers’ Origin of Species, which attempts to use the theories of Darwin’s famous work The Origin of the Species to give the viewer a perspective that resembles that of an evolutionary science. Get scientific with it.

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Friday 18th January: Hollywood aan de Schelde at Netwerk, Aalst

Witness the passion project of Robbe De Hert who had a lot of difficulty raising this Belgian movie from what he assumed was the death of his production two years ago. However, the film, which is based on 100-year old Flemish films and recordings managed a revival and brought in a new generation of Belgian actors like Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to tell the history of our national cinema. A piece of Belgian history revived with a touch of the modern, a rare opportunity to gawk at an uncommon approach to Belgian cinema.

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Saturday 19th January: Bledar Room Vol. 1 at Le Café Floréo, Brussels

A night designated to making your hips sway uncontrollably. Three talented DJ’s who bring a mix of Mediterranean music with electronic music that is bound to take you into a heat that is indistinguishable from that of the desert. With Dave Luxe and GAN GAH on the decks, it’s a sure deal that you’ll have a hard time leaving before the sun rises.

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Saturday 19th January – Sunday 10th March: Subtle Shadows of Bamboo on Bamboo at Ibasho Gallery, Antwerp

A Spanish artistic duo made up of Angel Albarran and Anna Carbera welcomes you to their exhibition that is an ode to a 14th century playwright. Their work mixes traditional painting with the mysteries they find in every day life, all on the backdrop of an uneasy sadness that underlies the ephemeral nature of their subjects. Their work is a mixture of mixtures that come together to create an elegant and breath-taking realistic work of art that leaves one with a feeling that there is lingering poetry in the mundane. It’s the mark of a great artist who can mix their work with the excellence of a craftsman.

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Saturday 19th January: Living Dakota w/ ICY FAKE and Cherry B Diamond at Decoratelier, Brussels

A night dedicated to raising funds for Leaving Dakota events that are based on inviting non-Belgian collectives to set up exhibitions with live performances and screenings. This round will include sets by DJs ICY FAKE and Cherry B Diamond who are set up to earn your charitable compliments and keep you there and asking for more. Unlike what your parents might have told you, something good can come out of all that partying.

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Saturday 19th January: MYH & gr’Ambacht – Ignatz & De Stervende Honden vs Weird Dust at Kafee Zapoi, Mechelen

Psychedelic afficionados Ignatz & De Stervende Honden and Weird Dust intend on giving you a night that will bring your mind into a state of mystical delirium. A wild mixture of blues, rock and psychedelic guitars along with a wild soundtrack straight out of Jimmie Hendrix’s trip. Leave enlightened.

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Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th January: Meg Stuart’s Damaged Goods – Built to Last at Kaaitheater, Brussels

A mixture of classical music and a questioning of what constitutes our values, the self and whether there is a static way for those to be. Five performers work together to bring this physical representation of those questions by bringing out the historical narrative of dance, from the past, to the present and their own view of the future.

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Saturday 19th January: 10y Goûte Mes Disques w/Rendez-Vous + Milk TV at Reflektor, Liège

After an impressive round of birthday parties in the capital city at the end of last year, Goûte Mes Disques are looking towards Liège this Saturday with the likes of Rendez-Vous. Premiering their latest album Superior State which mixes post-punk, indus and EBM, the Parisian outfit promises a totally debauched night alongside locals Milk TV. Get your gladrags on.

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Saturday 19th January: Warm People Inc. at Beursschouwburg, Brussels

A brand new night in dedication of experimental, machine-driven electronic music to ring in the new year. Brought to you by the talents of Kong, Ylia, Hiele and Intergalactic Gary, these talented musicians promise a night of heat and comfort with a lot of sweat and movement to fresh electronic vibes. End the weekend right.

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