The weekend in Belgium 05.04

Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, Brussels

Romanian born artists Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkacova, who live and love and work in Berlin and Prague, have been collaborating since 2000. Like any good art, their sculptures, installations, videos, collages and textual works explore the world we live in, particularly the complex relationship between the individual and the collective in contemporary society, and gender relations. Their Eastern European heritage is also a recurring theme in their work, with pieces like ‘After the Order’ – a bunch of collages that reference the so-called “Spartakiadist” configurations, mass gymnastics events held at Prague’s enormous Strahov stadium every five years during the socialist era.

Until 10th May
Sorry We’re Closed, Rue de la Régence 65A Regentschapsstraat- 1000 Brussels
www.sorrywereclosed.com

Gert & Uwe Tobias, Brussels

Courtesy of Galerie Rodolphe Janssen

In the third solo show of Romanian-born, Cologne-based twin brothers Gert & Uwe Tobias at the Rodolphe Janssen gallery, the artists present for the first time their large woodcuts on canvas, together with collages, ceramic sculptures, watercolors and drawings. Their work flutters between archaic cultural mythology and contemporary visual culture. Otherworldly, colourful and poetic, the brothers’ works draw their inspirations from their Transylvanian origins (think Dracula) as well as rock music, Max Ernst and Magritte. Mesmerising.

From 29th March to 26th May
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Rue de Livourne 35 Livornostraat – 1050 Brussels
www.galerierodolphejanssen.com

ShitLuck, Brussels

Abilene Gallery, a place dedicated to advancing the cause of new contemporary art, focuses on in-situ pieces and artists in residence. They’re now exhibiting the work of Brussels-based artist Nicolas Bourthoumieux. Transcending the genres, this young all-rounder creates everything from videos and installations to paintings and photographs, and focuses on the physical experience of time and space and the tension between the horizontality and the verticality of things.

Until 5th October
Abilene Gallery, Rue de la Victoire 163 OVerwinningsstraat – 1060 Brussels
www.abilenegallery.com

Worn once, shake twice, for each a slice, Brussels

Spring is in the air. With the warm season just around the corner, it’s time to clean out your closet, get rid of those heavy-knit jumpers and make room for some fresh bits and pieces. Christelle Samba (originally a photographer) and Aliosha Melis (a fashion student) recently set up a Facebook group where members can sell and buy their old gear. They’re bringing the concept to the Bonnefooi bar, offering a Sunday afternoon shopping experience of a different kind. And with one floor reserved for music acts from Borealis to ALL.U.C and DJ Natty, they’ve made sure your boyfriend won’t get bored either.

8th April, 16h00 – 20h00
Bonnefooi, Rue des Pierres 8 Steenstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.bonnefooi.be

Vacanza Permanente, Antwerp

Vacanza Permanente, inspired by the underground film of the same name by Spanish director Adolfo Arrieta, is a group exhibition organised by the NICC collaboration, an association made by and for professional visual artists in Belgium, and Belgian curatorial collective Komplot. The show will feature works by Sophie Anson, Dora Garcia, The After Lucy Experiment and many more, and wears its post-feminism vibe on its sleeve, exploring the position of women in the art world and presumptions about the feminine sex, from the role of women in the household to feminine tendencies in the arts.

Until 13th May
NICC, Tulpstraat 79 – 2060 Antwerp
www.nicc.be

Learn to prize, Ghent

The exhibition Learn To Prize showcases pieces from New York-based artists Erica Svec and Zachary Wollard, bringing together several months of their works on paper. Contrasting with their usual canvas, they experimented with drawing, finding it a reflexive meditative experience on fluidity and spontaneity. The result is a collection of vividly coloured and, at times awkward, at times humorous, pieces of art. With a common preference for open-ended exploration, these bodies of work seek to constantly challenge the viewer’s approach to visual narrative.

Until 21st April
Galerie Fortlaan 17, Fortlaan 17 – 9000 Ghent
www.fortlaan17.com

Rewind Festival, Ghent

Two days of musical acts featuring eight bands per day, plus DJs to keep you on your toes throughout the night? The REWIND-easter-FEST offers an eclectic line-up for those who prefer a slightly darker sound. The New Wave festival in Ghent’s bmajor concert venue Vooruit welcomes acts ranging from German electronic group Project Pitchfork and Belgian New Wave veterans The Neon Judgment to post punkers Crash Course in Science from the US or Mancurians ChameleonsVox (formerly The Chameleons). To name but a few.

6th and 7th April
Vooruit, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23 – 9000 Ghent
www.vooruit.be