Fairs, parties and Art on Paper. This weekend in Belgium.

Fotofever, Brussels

After the success of last year’s Paris show (which the New York Times described as ‘giving space to the young, emerging and offbeat photo scene’), this weekend sees the European photography fair come to Brussels for the very first time, bringing together collectors, institutions and about 60 galleries from all over Europe to set up camp at Tour & Taxis. This second edition of Fotofever is the year’s major photography event where you can bring yourself up to speed about the state of the genre and catch a glimpse of the best in contemporary photography and video art, with special attention paid to young, upcoming artists. Stay tuned for a review of the whole shebang.

From 4th to 7th October
Tour & Taxis, Avenue du Port 86c Havenlaan – 1000 Brussels

Art on Paper, Brussels

This weekend the White Hotel on Brussels’ swish Avenue Louise will transform itself in one massive exhibition space. For four days, 35 galleries from Belgium and abroad will showcase drawings by contemporary artists. Inspired by its Parisian cousin, ‘Drawing Now’,  ‘Art on Paper’ shines the spotlight on an oft-overlooked discipline. Said to be ‘dynamic, original and of very high quality’ by Le Soir, this third edition also includes a collector’s collection, while also supporting young emerging artists with a drawing competition. It’s an eclectic overview of the art of drawing in a quirky location and we’ll be nipping down for a look tonight: stay tuned for a review.

From 4th to 7th October
The White Hotel, Avenue Louise 212 Louizalaan – 1050 Brussels

Charif Benhelima, Brussels

Belgo-moroccan photographer Charif Benhelima’s captivating images explore themes of perception, time, space and invisibility. After having made a name for himself abroad with exhibitions from Paris to New York, the artist is returning to his home turf for a solo show at Brussels’ Bozar, where you can catch a collection of 280 polaroids taken between 1998 and 2012. Don’t miss this extensive overview of Benhelima’s oeuvre.

From 4th October to 18th November
Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Rue Ravensteinstraat 23 – 1000 Brussels

Jeff Koons, Brussels

American artist Jeff Koons needs no introduction. As one of the world’s costliest living artists – he has pieces in all major worldwide collections plus numerous installations in public spaces – he’ s become something of a household name. Brussels’ Almine Rech is now hosting a solo show of the iconic artist (read a recent interview with him here) for the first time in Belgium since 1992, with a selection of seventeen works from the past two decades that includes brand new as well as less recent pieces. Some of the newer pieces have never been shown in public, such as a pair of paintings from his latest series ‘Antiquity’ (2009-). Not to be missed.

Opening 6th October
Almine Rech Gallery, Rue de l’Abbaye 20 Abdijstraat – 1050 Brussels

Foreign Beggars, Brussels

Foreign Beggars are a British crew of DJs, producers and MCs who have been busy marrying hip-hop, grime and dubstep and, in doing so, have managed to change the face of UK hip-hop over the past decade. Now the London-based outfit, who have collaborated with artists like Björk, DJ Vadim and Gorillaz, are coming to Belgium to present their latest record, “The Uprising”. Don’t miss it if you like your live gigs gritty, playful and explosive.

4th October
VK, Rue de L’Ecole 76 Schoolstraat – 1080 Brussels

Black Out, Brussels

Faithful Catclub goers that we are, we wouldn’t miss Black Out, Catclub’s wilder little sister, and it should be a must on anyone’s Brussels weekend party agenda. We’re all set for another memorable night with Belgian DJ Jules X on the turntables plus homegrown Diepvries and resident Lady Jane, of course.

5th October
Bazaar, Rue des Capucins 63 Kapucijnenstraat – 1000 Brussels

Hospital series, Antwerp

‘Hospital series’ is the title, not only of an exhibition, but also a book that will be launched at the opening of Antwerp-based photographer Klaartje Lambrechts’ exhibition. Aesthetically exploring the life of hospitals, the photographer took her inspiration from experiences of death and birth in her surroundings, and she has recreated a clinical and captivating portrait of a place that is chracterised by hope, life and mortality.

Opening 4th October
Verschansingsstraat 8 – 2000 Antwerp

Kid Koala, Ghent

Chinese-Canadian DJ, musician and comic artist Eric San aka Kid Koala was the first North American artist signed by UK cult label Ninja Tune. His most recent release “12 Bit Blues” (reviewed in detail by Spin Magazine) is his fifth album, and is, like all the rest, accompanied by a comic book by the dude himself and even a mini chess game.  This playfulness is also obvious in the tunes themselves, in which he uses samples from genres like 1930s jazz to Monty Python singalongs.

7th October
Vooruit, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23 – 9000 Ghent